The Promise of Digital Learning
Technology is transforming how teachers teach and students learn. 96% of teachers believe that integration of technology and learning is important and 82% believe that greater use of technology would be helpful in connecting learning inside and outside the classroom. By using technology in the classroom, students acquire skills that will prepare them for success in our global digital economy.
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Speed Matters to Students
The Internet is ever growing, serving more content and delivering more data to users every day. As a result, the need for high-speed broadband is growing rapidly. This need is evident in our homes, our businesses, our communities, and especially in our schools. Today, the typical public school has the same Internet access as the typical home – but with 100x more users.
Students need high-speed connections to the Internet in order to take advantage of rich learning content and applications like streaming video, real-time student information tools, and virtual manipulatives. Despite a wide array of content available for learning, students and teachers are stuck waiting for basic web applications to load. The main reason: slow school connection speeds.
America’s Unfulfilled Promise
America’s students deserve an education that prepares them with skills for the future. But after nearly two decades of hard work to connect every school, our responsibility to America’s students is still unfulfilled. Too many of our children are trying to learn skills for tomorrow using dial-up speeds from the past.
High-speed broadband is an educational equalizer and a learning accelerator. With high-speed connectivity a young girl growing up in rural America can take an online AP class, even if her school is too small to offer it. Every inner city child can access the same universe of knowledge as the most affluent suburban student. Teachers can pipe in experts from around the country over videoconference or provide foreign language classes not offered locally.
Across America, the students with the speed they need are connecting to a world of educational opportunities that engage them in new and innovative ways, while 40 million of our children are being left behind.