The ConnectED initiative aims to connect 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.
Obama announced contributions to the initiative from various tech companies in a recent speech.
Apple will donate $100 million worth of iPads, MacBooks, and other products to schools across the country. (Applause.) That’s an enormous commitment.
Sprint will provide free wireless service for up to 50,000 low-income high school students over the next four years, so their 21st century education isn’t confined to the classroom. (Applause.)
AT&T will donate over $100 million worth of wireless service to middle-school students, so that they can continue to do homework when they get home. (Applause.)
Autodesk will make its 3D-design software available for free to every high school in the country. (Applause.)
Microsoft will offer products like Windows to students and teachers at a deep discount, and provide 12 million free copies of Office to our schools. (Applause.)
O’Reilly Media and Safari Books Online will donate more than $100 million worth of eBooks that will help students learn technology skills like coding and web design. (Applause.)
And finally, because no technology will ever be as important as a great teacher, Verizon will expand a program to help train educators to use all these new tools in all 50 states. (Applause.)
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