What could $100 million in free mobile connectivity do for classrooms across America?
In 2014 AT&T committed, as part of the White House ConnectED Initiative, to provide $100 million of free mobile broadband connectivity for mobile learning to students and teachers in Title I schools across the country over the next few years starting in 2016. AT&T remains committed to providing connections to devices supplied or donated by manufacturers. In 2015, AT&T forged a partnership with Apple, another ConnectED participant company, and is on track with plans to provide more than 30,000 students and teachers with mobile broadband and optional web filtering by the end of the 2016/2017 school year.50,000 students and teachers in Title 1 schools with $100 million of free mobile broadband access, mobile device management, network filtering and teacher professional development for three years for each selected school.
Specifically, AT&T will provide:
- 4G mobile broadband data services for student access to learning-based websites, applications, and services that will expand learning beyond school walls.
Mobile Device Management and Web Security Services
- Mobile device management to provide a highly secure environment on devices.
- Filtering software to highly protect access, safety and security of students.
Solution & Integration
- Custom solutions for schools to support device configuration, logistics and care services.
- Training for teachers and administrators on effective ways to integrate the AT&T solution into classrooms and learning, including in-person train the trainer sessions in each district.
Applications for AT&T’s ConnectED commitment are now closed. We received applications from middle and high schools across the country. Connected Nation, an independent, non-profit organization, administered the application and selection process on behalf of AT&T. Connected Nation is focused on promoting the power of broadband and related technology to energize the economy, transform communities, and improve lives.
Why is AT&T involved?
Through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative, AT&T is focused on creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students be successful in school and get them ready to take on 21st century careers. Technology is fundamentally altering education, and AT&T will help drive this change.
What is ConnectED?
In June of 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, which empowers teachers with technology and training, and students with access to digital resources. Currently, fewer than 30% of classrooms have internet access that supports digital learning. The initiative will connect 99% of classrooms to enable next-generation digital learning.
The President challenged American companies to support the enriched K-12 educational environment that ConnectED can help deliver. Leading companies including AT&T have answered the challenge, together pledging over $750 million in direct commitments.
Access to mobile broadband allows students and teachers to expand the classroom with a new generation of educational tools. From software that lets students learn at their own pace to interactive content that makes learning more engaging, these technologies lead to breakthroughs in teaching methods and assessing student progress.