Big Tech Helps Obama’s ConnectED with $750 Million

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As part of his STEM initiative, President Obama launched the ConnectED initiative to dramatically accelerate the preparation of all students for college and 21st century careers. One notable point was Obama’s commitment to provide schools with adequate infrastructure to support 1 Gbps of high-capacity broadband service per 1,000 students and educators in all K-12 schools by the 2017-18 school year.

The heavy hitters of the tech industry did not miss a beat. This week, tech giants like Apple, AT&T, and Verizon have contributed $750 million to the cause. Here is how it breaks down:

  • Apple’s pledging $100 million in iPads, Macbooks, products and teacher training.
  • AT&T is giving $100 million in mobile broadband for 3 years to middle schools and for teacher development.
  • The Verizon Foundation is giving $100 million to “accelerate professional development for teachers on how to effectively use technology to boost student achievement in STEM”
  • Microsoft will increase access to — and lower the cost of — Windows-based devices for US public school classrooms nationwide. They are estimating over $1 billion in savings for school systems.

During the State of the Union, Obama announced that Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon would help connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students to speedy Internet.

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.