150 rural education stakeholders and technology experts from 26 states came together to learn from one another and provide critical feedback to federal leaders at the National Rural Education Technology Summit in Washington, D.C. (July 21). Federal officials in education, content, and connectivity held up the work of rural superintendents, school leaders, education service agencies, and researchers as examples of leveraging technology to overcome distance and boost access to high-quality teaching and learning in rural schools. "Knowledge truly knows no boundaries, and we cannot allow distance to stand between students, education, and opportunity," Secretary Duncan noted in his opening address. "We have the best hardware, the latest software, and huge investments are being made in the build-out of the national broadband plan to connect us as never before." The Secretary convened the summit in partnership with Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough, who is aggressively seeking to increase student access to the wealth of content, resources, and scientists available via the Smithsonian Institution. The Secretary also enlisted Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski for this effort to challenge the country to rethink and redesign schools as broadband and other innovations come online.
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