White House Unveils New Initiative for Digital Education

The White House has announced a new initiative for Americans to make use of new technologies in improving education as well as to recognize different digital resources for classroom use. This new digital resource is called the Digital Promise.

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, said that technology will enable education to become more personalized so student can easily connect with their lessons even outside the classroom. Duncan also noted the importance of enhancing digital education so the United States can successfully compete globally, develop a more competitive workforce and encourage growth in the economy.

Examples of digital resources that revolutionized other countries are in South Korea’s textbook replacement with digital resources by 2015 and Uruguay’s computer provision for each student. Duncan added that other countries are now ahead of the United States. With the tough economic situations, what the country can do is not just doing more but doing more with less.

The Department of Education, along with the Carnegie Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will fund the Digital Promise. Duncan had encouraged the Congress to also pass the bill of President Obama, the American Jobs Act, that proposes $25 billion in modernizing 35,000 schools.

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