Feb. 5 is Digital Learning Day.
The showcase for the day will be a free web streamed event from the Library of Congress for teachers, parents. students and anyone else interested in the subject.
This emphasis on technology comes at a time when schools are pushing for students to graduate ready for college and work.
There has been a flurry of news about how schools will be helped by the feds and private companies.The Federal Communications Commission is going to provide an extra $1 billion to help schools get high speed internet. That brings the total is $2 billion, according to news reports. The money comes from unused money in the E-rate program, which is obtained from charges on phone bills.
Companies are also coming forward with help: Sprint and AT&T will give approximately $750 million to provide free Internet service for middle schools, particularly impoverished students. Apple is pledging $100 million in iPads, computers and other tools. . Verizon will provide in up to $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions. Microsoft is making its Windows software available at discounted prices and providing 12 million free copies of Microsoft Office software,
The Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting the Feb. 5 free webinar. It will be streamed live from the Library of Congress, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mountain Time, followed by a policy panel discussion from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mountain Time.
Moderator will be Judy Woodruff of the PBS News Hour. Speakers will include Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman ; James Shelton, deputy Secretary of Education; U.S. Representative George Milller; Cecilia Munoz, director of domestic policy at the White House; Rich Crandall, director, Wyoming Department of Education ; and Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools.
To sign up for the event visit digitallearningday.org and click on : Sign up to watch national events live from Library of Congress.