Evan Marwell: 40 million kids waiting for future to download

Monday, November 18, 2013

With game-changing technology moving into the classroom, Americans are starting to see a revolution in the way teachers teach and students learn. Schools are leveraging technology to deliver language and science courses that they couldn't otherwise provide and using tools such as Skype to bring experts and experiences from around the world into the classroom. High-speed broadband is an educational equalizer and a learning accelerator. But today 40 million of the nation's K-12 students are being left behind without the Internet access and Wi-Fi they will need to succeed in the global economy.

The typical American school has about the same Internet access as the average American home, with 200 times as many users. As a result, too many children are trying to learn skills for tomorrow with dial-up speeds from the past.

Experts agree that to enable students to take full advantage of digital learning, schools need 100 megabits (Mbps) or more of Internet access today and one gigabit (Gbps) by 2017. Without these speeds, schools can't leverage the power of video to let kids learn at their own pace or provide teachers with the assessment data necessary to understand the needs of each child.

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