Recently president Barack Obama announced that he would be allocating nearly $3 billion from the Federal Communications Commission and many private donors in order to “close the technology gap in our schools.”
Obama made the announcement at a Maryland middle school and said that the money would help to “put the world and outer space at every child’s fingertips, whether they live in a big city or a quiet suburb or rural America.”
The White House has since explained the breakdown of where the funding will derive from. The FCC will provide $2 billion to serve as a down payment for providing broadband Internet to more than 15,000 schools, while the department of agriculture will allocate another $10 million to fund distance-learning grants.
The funds are aimed at getting underprivileged schools up to speed with their more affluent counterparts. In recent years America’s Internet infrastructure has begun to lag behind the rest of the world, and now the government is attempting to rectify that disparity.
This is good news for schools, who rely on the Internet and its potential to deliver the highest quality news and information to their students.
In addition to the government funding, several private institutions will also donate money to the cause. Microsoft is said to be set to donate around one billion dollars. Microsoft will also be heavily discounting several of its devices so that schools will be able to access them more easily.
Education experts hope that the federal funding and private donations will provide educators with the advanced technology they need to teach in a 21st century environment. “If you work alongside teachers and show them exactly how to integrate technology into the classroom in a consistent and meaningful manner with professional development, the results can be very profound,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, vice president-global corporate citizenship and president of the Verizon Foundation.
The grants and funding will help to bridge the profound gap that has arisen in recent years between schools with access to high-speed Internet and those still struggling to attain the tools they need.
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