Esri Pledges $1B in Cloud-Based STEM Software to White House ConnectED Initiative

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With Support from Amazon Web Services, Esri to Make Free ArcGIS Online Accounts Available to all Elementary and Secondary Schools in the U.S.

Redlands, California—May 27, 2014—Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to help strengthen STEM education through the ConnectED Initiative,Esri president Jack Dangermond announced today that Esri will provide a grant to make its advanced mapping software running on cloud infrastructure provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) available for free to the more than 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States.

ConnectED is a government education program developed to prepare K-12 students throughout the United States for digital learning opportunities and future employment. The Initiative sets four goals to establish digital learning in all K-12 schools in the United States during the next few years. These goals include: high-speed connectivity to the internet, access to affordable mobile devices to facilitate digital learning anytime, anywhere, high-quality software that provides multiple learning opportunities for students, and relevant teacher training to support this effort.  Click here to read more. 

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