Education and Training

The White House and the Department of Education announced recently the creation of the Digital Promise center to promote technology in the nation's classrooms.
Increasing and enhancing broadband development doesn't just take place in Washington. Take, for instance, the Wisconsin Region 9 (Milwaukee-Racine and vicinity) Broadband Planning Team, created by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, to "create an action plan to address gaps in broadband availability and improve the adoption of available broadband services."
Nearly half of those who graduated from college in the last decade have taken a course online, says a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The report, The Digital Revolution and Higher Education, released August 28, 2011, also reveals that most institutions of higher education have invested in online courses.
A recent study from the Washington-based Phoenix Center, confirmed that not only are Internet users less likely to drop out of the work force, but those who use broadband are even more likely to be employed or engaged in searching for work. Specifically, "broadband Internet users — whether at home or at shared public facilities — are about half as likely to give up job searches because of discouragement than those who do not use the Internet."
Many low-income people still have trouble accessing and using computer technology. So, the federal government, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is bringing computer technology to the very people who need it most.
A group of 29 American universities has announced a plan to create Gig.U, an online network many times faster than the public Internet. Gig.U would service communities adjacent to universities — most of them outside major cities — and is designed to encourage high-tech startups in those areas by offering 1 gigabit connections.
Education continues to experiment with innovative uses of broadband. One recent program is the Sustainable Design Award program, developed by the ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
American public libraries need more robust broadband networks to keep up with patrons' needs, according to the 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, a project of the American Library Association, a Speed Matters partner.
The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation Act (ATTAIN Act) was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate in order to improve digital literacy among children and teachers.
DigitalLiteracy.gov, a new digital training website launched earlier this week, offers workers a wealth of resources to help them improve their online and computer skills. As digital literacy becomes a prerequisite for many jobs, this website strives to prepare workers for the digital economy of the future.