Monday, November 24, 2014

President Obama's Future Ready Initiative Means Opportunities for US Teachers!

“Too many teachers work in schools and districts that lack the essential tools and resources to prepare students — particularly when it comes to the technology resources we take for granted in our own homes and coffee shops: reliable Internet access, digital devices and rich digital content.” – U.S. Dept. of Education’s Teachers Edition Newsletter
Welcome to President Obama and the Department of Education’s Future Ready initiative and E-rate program!  In a nutshell, the President is working with Arne Duncan and the Department of Education to ensure that no less than 99% of students are connected to broadband internet in the next 5 years and that our schools and libraries have reliable high-speed internet. 

How can you be a part of this Future Ready initiative?  Coursera, an education platform that works with top universities and organizations around the world to offer free courses online for anyone to take, has committed to provide 50 high-quality teacher professional development (TPD) courses to US teachers for free throughout a two-year partnership. Coursera’s post about this has more information for you about how your district can be approved and how you can take part in their free courses!!

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