International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Applauds President Obama’s ConnectEd Initiative

6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Barack Obama’s announcement of the ConnectEd Initiative, to connect 99 percent of America’s students to high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within five years, ISTE CEO Brian Lewis stated:

“It's a huge step forward and a big win for students and educators everywhere. Broadband connectivity has been a core policy issue for ISTE, and we have been working closely with the Administration to support technology's value in preparing students for college and career and emphasize the need to provide our educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the most effective use of powerful technologies. We pledge our continued collaboration with the Administration and the Department of Education.”

ISTE President-Elect Dr. Kecia Ray, who was on hand with Lewis at the announcement, added, “ISTE applauds the President for taking this bold step and making such a strong commitment to learners throughout the United States. This is the momentum we needed to help ensure students can thrive in today’s world.”

Lewis stated, “We would be remiss, though, if we did not call upon the President to go a step further and urge a substantial increase in E-Rate's annual funding cap, where demand exceeds funding by more than $2.5 billion a year. To achieve his and our goal, increased E-Rate funding support is absolutely necessary.”

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Richard Culatta, acting director of the Office of Educational Technology for the Department of Education, will be speaking at ISTE’s annual conference and expo in San Antonio, Texas on June 23-26.

Rosenworcel and Culatta will share more about the ConnectEd Initiative and E-Rate to support students through greater broadband connections and new opportunities. More than 18,000 educators and education professionals are expected to be in attendance.

About the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. For more information, visit iste.org.

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