By Xavier Williams, AT&T Senior Vice President of Public Sector and Healthcare:

Yesterday, I participated in a great town hall event here in Washington to kick off the first ever National Digital Learning Day, of which AT&T is a proud sponsor.  For several months now, AT&T has been working closely with the Digital Textbook Collaborative, composed of other members of the industry, to determine ways to bring digital textbooks into our country’s K-12 school system.

After combining years of expertise in education technology, it was a pleasure this afternoon to present the results of our efforts to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Through what has been dubbed the Digital Textbook Playbook, we are providing school district leaders with guidance on how best to bring effective digital learning opportunities to fruition in their respective classrooms.  It is a planning resource for schools to transition into digital learning by classifying broadband infrastructure, distinguishing home and community broadband to extend access, and indentifying necessary device considerations.

The Playbook is a unique and exciting development that can help the United States achieve the goals laid out in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan along with the Education Department’s National Education Technology Plan.

This has been an extraordinary collaboration in education technology among the public and private sectors, and it has been a privilege for AT&T to play a part in this effort.  We look forward to continuing our work in this area.

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