Whittier, California 2016- Whittier City School District has received funding for Hotspots and 400 lines of service from the ConnectED Program to provide consistent internet access to all district families. This program runs for four years and has a monetary value of $768,000! That is $192,000 per year to support Whittier City SD’s innovative off-campus student learning initiative!
Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology. Yet fewer than 40% of America’s schools have the broadband they need to teach using today’s technology. In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education by ensuring that 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2018. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content-and that connectivity will help transform the learning experience for all students, regardless of income.
Superintendent Carruth states, ” We are extremely pleased to help our students gain internet access at home for those who currently don’t have wireless. All school devices, even if at home, run through the district’s protective filters so parents can be assured we are doing all we can to keep them safe. We want to give our students the opportunity to do school work at home and this grant makes that a reality for many of our families.”
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