ConnectED: Fostering a robust ecosystem for digital learning
On June 6, 2013, President Barack Obama unveiled ConnectED, a new initiative to foster a robust ecosystem for digital learning and bring America’s students into the digital age. The White House fact sheet details the primary components of the President’s strategy to:
Upgrade Connectivity: The ConnectED initiative will, within five years, connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries.
Train Teachers: The ConnectED initiative invests in improving the skills of teachers, ensuring that every educator in America receives support and training to use technology to help improve student outcomes. The Department of Education will work with states and school districts to better use existing funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to strategically invest in this kind of professional development to help teachers keep pace with changing technological and professional demands.
Build on Private-Sector Innovation: These investments will allow our teachers and students to take full advantage of feature-rich educational devices that are increasingly price-competitive with basic textbooks and high-quality educational software (including applications) providing content aligned with college- and career-ready standards being adopted and implemented by States across America.
On February 4, 2014, the President announced progress toward accomplishing the ConnectED vision, and released further details on actions that his Administration would be taking.