In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why shouldn’t we have it in our schools? Why wouldn’t we have it available for our children’s education?
President Barack Obama
June 6, 2013
In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. The President’s ConnectED Initiative aims to connect 99% of students across the country to broadband in 5 years. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.
ConnectED at the White House
The Initiative sets clear goals to transition to digital learning including: preparing teachers to use technology effectively to improve student learning, upgrading Internet connectivity, and providing access to educational devices and digital content. Learn more about Private Sector commitments.
President Obama talks with students at Mooresville Middle School, Mooresville, N.C.
ConnectED at ED
Future Ready builds on the momentum of the President’s ConnectED Initiative with the launch of the Future Ready Pledge. The pledge recognizes the importance of building human capacity within schools and districts for effectively using increased connectivity and new devices to transform teaching and learning. Learn more about Future Ready and sign the Future Ready District Pledge.
Funding for Digital Learning
Future Ready Schools: Professional Learning Toolkit
The toolkit provides rubrics, checklists and examples to assist district teams as they develop, refine, and evaluate professional learning plans that align with their capacity, learning goals, and standards of professional learning. In particular, the toolkit focuses on how districts can use technology to connect educators and provide tailored professional learning experiences.