The donation is one of several corporate pledges supporting President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, along with Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Autodesk. As the President announced yesterday at a Maryland school, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has promised to invest over $2 billion over the next two years to improve Internet connectivity in schools and libraries, while private sector companies have promised $750 million to deliver tech to classrooms.
Excerpt from the O’Reilly press release:
“Technical literacy is essential for today’s students, if they’re to succeed in school and in the work world,” said Laura Baldwin, President of O’Reilly Media. “We’re pleased to help them gain that knowledge, through this donation to America’s schools.”
“Safari has helped millions of working professionals use content from the world’s leading publishers to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed for more than a decade, so we’re proud to support O’Reilly’s efforts and the White House in doing the same for students across America,” said Andrew Savikas, CEO of Safari Books Online.
The White House blog’s list of private-sector donations:
• Apple, which will donate $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, which pledged more than $100 million to give middle school students free Internet connectivity for educational devices over their wireless network for three years
• Autodesk, which pledged to make their 3D design program “Design the Future” available for free in every secondary school in the U.S. — more than $250 million in value
• Microsoft, which will launch 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.
• Sprint, which will offer free wireless service for up to 50,000 low-income high school students over the next four years, valued at $100 million
• Verizon, which announced a multi-year program to support ConnectED through up to $100 million in cash and in-kind commitments