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Today's Newsletter: Connecting Kids with ConnectEd

A little over a year ago President Obama announced the ConnectEd initiative to help close the digital divide across the United States.
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T&L Advisor Guest post — Henry Thiele, Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning for District 207 in Park Ridge, IL: A little over a year ago President Obama announced the ConnectEd initiative to help close the digital divide across the United States. One of the corporations that stepped up to help close this gap was Sprint, which started out by providing 50,000 wireless broadband lines for those that applied for a grant through the program. Yesterday, Sprint joined Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, School Officials, and students to announce the debut of this program across several schools in Illinois. My district is benefiting from this program, where the school community purchases a hotspot or Internet-enabled device and Sprint provides filtered bandwidth for four years at no cost. This program is a great example of how schools, communities, and businesses can work together to create a common experience for all students. As more 1:1 programs launch across the U.S., the need for Internet for each student will grow. This is one example of how to make this all come together and make technology work for kids.

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