Prezi, the cloud-based presentation software and online canvas, and Adobe have joined President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative to bring wireless broadband internet connectivity and improved educational tools into more classrooms, according to TechCrunch.
Prezi provides online software for creating eye-catching presentations and mind maps. According to TechCrunch the startup has committed $100 million in Edu Pro licenses to hundreds of thousands of high schools and educators. Adobe is making available over $300 million of software available to teachers and students, including Photoshop, Premiere Elements, Presenter, Captivate, EchoSign and teacher training resources.
By leveraging the existing E-Rate program to bring broadband internet connectivity to schools across the nation and partnering with the private sector for additional funding and access to educational technology, the ConnectED Initiative aims to connect 99% of America’s students to the internet through high-speed wireless broadband internet within five years.
These commitments from Prezi and Adobe bring the total amount invested in ConnectED to over $1 billion. The White House recently announced over $750 million in pledges from the private sector, including from Apple, AT&T and Microsoft.
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