For the next White House Social, we are inviting our followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr to come to the White House South Lawn for a State Visit to welcome President François Hollande of France.
On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome President François Hollande of France to the White House, where he will begin his visit with an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House — a tradition that started during the Kennedy Administration to formally welcome a visiting head of state.
Sign up now for your chance to join other White House social media followers at the Official Visit.
The deadline to apply is Wednsday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m. EST. You can also follow the social and join the conversation with the hashtag #WHSocial.
Making Progress on ConnectED
February 04, 2014
12:20 PM EST
Today, President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland to announce major progress on the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.
Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with countries around the world relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology. Yet fewer than 30% of America’s schools have the broadband they need to connect to today’s technology. Under ConnectED, however, 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017. That connectivity will help transform the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income.
President Obama Speaks on ConnectED
February 04, 2014 | 20:21 |Public Domain
President Obama announces major progress toward his ConnectED initiative, which will connect 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.
As the President announced today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will invest $2 billion over the next two years to dramatically expand high-speed Internet connectivity for America’s schools and libraries — connecting more than 20 million students to next-generation broadband and wireless. He also announced that private-sector companies have committed more than $750 million to deliver cutting-edge technologies to classrooms, including:
- 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
For more information on how ConnectED works, click here.
President Obama Visits a Middle School Classroom – and Borrows a Student’s iPad
Earlier today, President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland to announce major progress on his ConnectED initiative. Before his remarks, however, he stopped by one of the school’s math classes to chat with students – and have some fun with their technology.
Borrowing a student’s iPad, the President recorded a quick video inside the classroom, highlighting one seventh grader’s “outstanding calculations … describing right angles” while complimenting another student on his tie.
President Barack Obama records video on an iPad using an app from NASA during a classroom visit at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md., February 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In his speech to the rest of the school, the President detailed how Buck Lodge – and other schools that are also instituting new technologies – are helping students and teachers achieve better results:
Now, here at Buck Lodge, you are showing how we can use technology to teach our young people in innovative ways. And by the way, the principal told me that part of how this got started was some of the stimulus dollars that we put in place almost five years ago now. But every student here has access to their own iPad. And you don’t just write papers or take tests; they’re animating movies, they’re designing blogs, they’re collaborating on multimedia projects. In the world of an 8th grader, Annie Gomez, she says, “You can learn even more, you can take in more, and then you know more about the world.”
And new technologies are helping teachers. So in Mr. Jeter’s science class, students take quizzes on their tablets; he then can check the answers in real time and he can figure out who needs extra help. In Ms. Galinat’s language arts class, students learn vocabulary not just with flashcards, but with online video. In Ms. Stover’s math class — I was just over with Ms. Stover — students bring their tablets home to watch lectures about concepts like ratios and rational numbers, and then use the next day’s classroom time applying those concepts to the real world. So technology allows teachers here to spend more time being creative, less time teaching to the test, giving continual feedback, being able to pinpoint where a young person is having trouble because they’re able to see their work right away in a pretty efficient way.
The ConnectED initiative is designed to enrich K-12 education for all of America’s students. Under ConnectED, 99% of students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017, transforming the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income.
February 4th, 2014: Photo of the Day
A resident waves as President Barack Obama travels by motorcade en route to Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md., Feb. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama records students in a Buck Lodge Middle School classroom with iPad
Published on Feb 4, 2014
President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland on February 4, 2014. The visit was part of his ConnectED initiative to provide students with greater access to high-speed Internet connections. While visiting with students, President Obama borrowed an iPad from a student who was recording him.
President Barack Hussein Obama visits Buck Lodge Middle School
VA Offers New Tools to Ensure Post-9/11 GI Bill Beneficiaries Are Informed Consumers
February 04, 2014
04:31 PM EST
What’s the first thing you do when shopping for a big-ticket item? You might shop around, ask friends and relatives for their opinion, or compare items online. In today’s world of instant online access to a wealth of consumer information – from online reviews to infographics comparing products, product websites, and online shopping sites – consumers are used to finding and comparing information online before they buy.
Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool, you can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries.
Before this tool launched, estimating how much beneficiaries may receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit was challenging. Many beneficiaries provided this feedback to our GI Bill Facebook page. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click.
In addition, you can find and compare information on our 10,000+ approved education and training programs, including estimated tuition and fee amounts and your projected housing allowance. Also available are each school’s graduation rate, student loan default rate, and Yellow Ribbon participation. Together, the GI Bill benefit estimator and school comparison information enable students to compare education options and make the best decision for their future.
Also, for the first time, VA is publicly releasing information about the number of students receiving VA education benefits at a particular school. Through the online comparison tool, students can now see how many Veterans attend the school of their choice. In the future, VA will add additional functionality to the tool, including the ability to compare up to three schools side-by-side.
Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks
February 04, 2014
Statement by the President
Today, in a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate came together to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill – legislation that will build on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, create new jobs and opportunities, and protect the most vulnerable Americans. This bill provides certainty to America’s farmers and ranchers, and contains a variety of commonsense reforms that my Administration has consistently called for, including reforming and eliminating direct farm subsidies and providing assistance for farmers when they need it most. It will continue reducing our deficits without gutting the vital assistance programs millions of hardworking Americans count on to help put food on the table for their families. And it will support conservation of valuable lands, spur the development of renewable energy, and incentivize healthier nutrition for all Americans. As with any compromise, the Farm Bill isn’t perfect – but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America’s food, but for our nation.
February 04, 2014 | 1:12:41 |Public Domain
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President Obama on Raising the Minimum Wage
Published on Feb 4, 2014
During a virtual road trip on Google+, President Obama answers a question from Darnell Summers, a fry cook at a fast-food restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about raising the minimum wage.
Rosa Parks’ booking photo upon being arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus.
Rosa Parks sits in the front of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregation illegal on the city’s bus system. Behind Parks is Nicholas C. Chriss, a UPI reporter covering the event.