Through its Safari Books Online division, O’Reilly Media announced today a donation of over $100 million in content and tools for K-12 schools to use free of charge as part of the Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative. The donation, which will reach 15,000 US public schools, is part of a larger strategy to ensure technology literacy among today’s primary and secondary education participants.
In a press release on the initiative, Laura Baldwin, President of O’Reilly Media, said, “Technical literacy is essential for today’s students, if they’re to succeed in school and in the work world. We’re pleased to help them gain that knowledge, through this donation to America’s schools.”
One area of educational curricula that still suffers from serious discrepancies throughout the country and even at the state or system level is technology education. This breakdown in a unified strategy to help students in the 21st Century Learner ideal is largely due to funding issues. Companies such as O’Reilly are helping schools to overcome that crucial obstacle to prepare students for environments that will require more advanced technological awareness.
“Safari has helped millions of working professionals use content from the world’s leading publishers to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed for more than a decade,” said Andrew Savikas, CEO of Safari Books Online, “so we’re proud to support O’Reilly’s efforts and the White House in doing the same for students across America.”
The content will enable teachers and schools to focus more on individualized instruction in technology, recognizing that US students come from a vast spectrum of device and computer awareness. At the same time, the content will be driven by real-world application to ensure student success, retention, and application.