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SIIA Partners with White House Launching “Tech for Learners”
Supporting US Schools, Workforce During COVID-19 Crisis
Web-Based Platform Offers Educators Trusted Tools Supporting Online Learning
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools, universities and disrupted education across America leaving parents, educators and administrators scrambling to fill the void. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) in partnership with The White House, announced today the launch of “Tech for Learners.” This new web-based, searchable database offers a variety of education technology solutions to support online learning and remote school administration. At launch, Tech for Learners is designed to assist schools, administrators, and public officials who are scaling up online learning in the wake of facility-closings and other measures taken due to outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Coming updates will include resources for parents and learners.
“As our nation deals with the dynamic challenges resulting from this public health crisis, SIIA’s members and partners are supporting education and our nation’s communities -- at all levels -- as they transition to or extend their online learning capabilities,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “Tech for Learners will assist educators and school administrators in identifying the EdTech solution that best fits the specific needs of their school, student population, and educational community – from distance and online learning to remote administration and telework. Our hope is this will provide them, along with parents and students, some peace of mind and certainty in these uncertain times.”
Tech for Learners will also highlight companies who are making their products discounted or free to use during this time, as well as links to partner organizations who are leading the way to meet the needs of schools, districts, states, universities, and the workforce.
Today’s launch is a first step in supporting America’s education system. Working within the entire education ecosystem, Tech for Learners will continue to grow, offering additional products, tools, professional learning, and resources to meet the ongoing needs of everyone involved in implementing online learning. Companies interested in having their products or services included in this groundbreaking program are encouraged to find information here.
“The upcoming weeks are going to be challenging as America’s teachers, parents and students find a way to navigate life in this extraordinary moment. We are proud of SIIA’s members and partners who are pulling together to make this difficult time a little easier for educators, students and their families,” said Joseph.
SIIA is the principal association representing software, information, education, technology and digital content industries. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.