Your work is crucial to America’s educational
To meet the President’s goal of leading the world in
college graduates by 2020, we need to innovate (i.e.,
get better, faster). Technology is a vital tool.
We are only beginning to scratch the surface of what
technology can do for our educational system.
The Department of Education is committed to supporting
the type of innovation ecosystem needed to realize the
potential of technology for education.
The Department of Education supports using next-
generation technology to improve educational
Institute of Education Sciences—Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR)
Up to ~$1M grants to develop ed tech products to improve
student learning, including in special education settings.
Multiple existing ED grant programs include tech
Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund
What we need: ARPA-ED
Dedicated R&D in pursuit of revolutionary educational
breakthroughs (e.g., dramatic improvements at reduced
ConnectED: Bringing our classrooms into the 21st
“[T]oday, we’re going to … make sure that virtually every child in America’s
classrooms has access to the fastest Internet and the most cutting-edge
- President Obama, June 6, 2013
Infrastructure.Connecting schools covering 99% of
students with high-speed Internet (100 Mbps+) within 5
Teacher training and professional development.
Work with states and districts to strategically invest in
helping teachers meet changing professional demands.
Unleash private sector innovation. Focused on
increasing device availability AND development of better
digital educational content.