White House Releases Details of ConnectED

Ed tech advocates have been eagerly awaiting details on President Obama's ConnectED initiative since it was mentioned in last week's State of the Union. This morning Obama took the first step toward answering all our questions during an address at Buck Lodge Middle School in Maryland, detailing the encouraging progress which has been made so far. The White House's official fact sheet paints a roadmap for the future of the program: beginning with the FCC's "down payment" this year, the program will move to connect schools before they face online assessments. Private-sector partnerships will play a crucial role in all aspects of ConnectED.

CoSN released the following remarks in support of the ConnectED program:

“We applaud the Administration’s decision to make an immediate down payment on the ConnectEd initiative. President Obama’s commitment, in partnership with America’s leading businesses, is a major step toward realizing the vision of connecting 99 percent of U.S. students to high-speed Internet in the next five years.

“In the coming weeks, we look forward to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) long-term plan for strengthening this progress and enhancing classrooms nationwide with high-capacity broadband.”

Big things are happening -- stay tuned!