Six school leaders from six Virginia schools were selected to attend a conference at the White House on the topic of digital learning.
Officials from the United States Department of Education said that they have chosen six leaders from Virginia schools in order to participate to the White House conference called “ConnectED to the future. The conference will be held by the US President, Barack Obama on Wednesday.
The conference will bring together educators and superintendents from all over the country and they will be introduced in the transition to digital learning.
The leaders of Virginia schools invited to the conference include official representatives from public schools districts in Goochland, Cumberland, Albemarle, Arlington and the Roanoke counties. Also, attending the conference on digital learning at the White House will be school leaders from Charlottesville.
Officials estimate that more than $4 billion were put into private and public funding in order to expand the high-speed internet for schools and libraries in the United States.
The ConnectED program is trying to give all American students access to high speed internet by 2018.
In order to achieve this goal, more than 1,200 school superintendents will attend the conference on Wednesday and sign the implementation of the new internet technologies in their schools. The superintendents will work to update the broadband and wireless connectivity in their schools and teach the students how to use the new technology.
The White House officials said that they estimate the new program will reach more than 10 million students in approximately 16,000 schools all over the country.
Despite Internet being so present everywhere, there are many schools that still don’t have high-speed connectivity, like the one students and teachers have at home. Moreover, in some schools, there are still classrooms with no Internet connection at all.
The Department of Education will instruct those who attend the conference how to set up the connectivity and choose the type of connectivity the school need in order to have high-speed internet. The conference will also include a toolkit showing the teachers how they can use technology to improve the classes and customize the lesson plans.