Ohio School Superintendents Hear Hi-tech Pep Talk at White House
Mentor school superintendent Matt Miller and Reynoldsburg superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning joined 98 other local education leaders at the White House to participate in the President’s Connect-Ed initiative. He wants to have 99% of the nation’s K-12 students to have access to high speed internet. In Ohio, both Mentor and Reynoldsburg have been using so-called “blended learning” techniques that utilize computers and tablets to help pupils learn – often at home. Obama told them that other countries are trying to “out educate” the U-S by providing, in some cases, high speed internet connections to 100% of their students. He noted that students in Singapore have internet speeds 40 times as fast as the average American home and South Korea is eliminating paper textbooks for digital texts. He says American schools lag behind.
“Right now fewer than 40% of public schools have high speed internet in their classrooms. Less than half! That’s not good since we invented the internet.”
The president announced the federal government is chipping in $2 billion a year in grants to schools and technology companies have agreed to donate an equal amount in products and services.