ISTE Initiated Call to Action Asks Obama Administration to Accelerate Digital Transformation for Education to Ensure Success for All Students
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 9, 2013 – Despite the perception that Internet access is ubiquitous in today’s world, only 13 percent of schools have the broadband they need to give students the same online access that most Americans have at home, work or even in a coffee shop.* To bridge the digital divide in education, the International Society for Technology in Education, (ISTE®) today initiated an online petition urging the Obama Administration to take action to invest in school broadband connectivity to ensure all students graduate equipped for success.
“Digital learning resources are playing a huge role in personalizing instruction and empowering students to develop the critical thinking, collaboration, communication and digital citizenship skills needed today and in the rapidly changing world we live in." said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. "But for all students to benefit from the promise of this digital transformation, all students need access. We must accelerate our investment in school bandwidth connectivity. ISTE encourages its tens of thousands of members and affiliates, and all other student-focused education supporters around the country to urge the White House to bridge the digital divide for education."
If ISTE's petition to "Invest in classroom broadband connectivity to ensure that all students are ready for college and 21st century careers," reaches 100,000 signatures by May 1, 2013, the White House will respond. To sign the petition today, go to http://wh.gov/LVL7.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. For more information, visit iste.org.