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Digital Learning webinar Wednesday from Library of Congress

Published: February 4, 2014, 1:48 pm, by Carol McGraw

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.