The ConnectED initiative is on track to connect 99 percent of America’s students to next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries by 2018. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon are already providing their support.
Adobe, has begun providing more than $300 million worth of free software to teachers and students, including Photoshop and Premiere Elements for creative projects; Presenter and Captivate to amplify e-Learning; EchoSign for school workflow; and a range of teacher training resources Apple, has donated $100 million in iPads, MacBooks, and other products, along with content and professional development tools to enrich learning in disadvantaged U.S. schools AT&T, has donated $100 million to give 50,000 middle and high school students in Title I districts free Internet connectivity for educational devices over their wireless network for three years Autodesk, is making its 3D design program "Design the Future" available for free in every secondary school in the U.S. — more than $250 million in value Coursera, which is providing no-cost online professional development at every school district over the next two years, including opportunities for teachers to earn Coursera’s completion certificates that may be used for continuing education credits edX, is providing all students with free access to online Advanced Placement-level courses offered through edX by partner institutions like UC Berkeley, MIT, and Georgetown in addition to more than 40 other courses and modules Esri, is providing $1 billion worth of free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts – the same Geographic Information Systems mapping technology used by government and business – to every K-12 school in America to allow students to map and analyze data Microsoft, has launched a substantial affordability program open to all U.S. public schools by deeply discounting the price of its Windows operating system, which will decrease the price of Windows-based devices O'Reilly Media, which is partnering with Safari Books Online to make more than $100 million in educational content and tools available for free to every school in the U.S. Prezi, is providing $100 million in Edu Pro licenses for high schools and all educators across America The Sprint Corporation will provide one million high-school students who do not have the Internet at home with new digital devices paired with four years of mobile broadband connectivity. This commitment builds on the company's first ConnectED commitment, made in 2014, to connect 50,000 K-12 students nationwide with mobile broadband wireless service. Verizon, which announced a multi-year program to support ConnectED through up to $100 million in cash and in-kind commitments In April 2015, the President announced commitments from the following publishers and technology companies, who will help provide thousands of eBooks — valued at over $250 million — to youth in need and students on military bases: Baker & Taylor, which is providing its digital content distribution and management technology to power the Open eBooks app and deliver the collection of titles at no cost Bloomsbury, providing unlimited access to over 1,000 of its most popular titles Candlewick, providing unlimited access to all relevant children’s and young-adult e-book titles in their catalog Clever, a secure educational login platform, has integrated their seamless sign-on functionality with Open eBooks, making it even easier for educators to help children take advantage of this program, and increase access to a wider network of students Cricket Media, offering full digital access to all of its market-leading magazines for children and young adults, including Ladybug and Cricket Hachette, offering participating students access to a robust catalogue of their popular and award-winning titles HarperCollins, providing a robust selection of their award-winning and popular titles Lee & Low, the leading independent publisher of multicultural books, is providing unlimited access to over 700 of its titles Macmillan, providing unlimited access to all of the K-12 age-appropriate titles in their title catalog of approximately 2,500 books National Geographic, providing unlimited access to all of its age-appropriate, compatible eBooks, digital magazines, and educational videos. Penguin Random House, committing to provide a robust offering of their popular and award-winning books Simon & Schuster, providing access to their entire e-catalog of books for children ages 4-14, comprised of 3,000 titles