tech firms to announce software donations to U.S. schools
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[February 28, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President
Barack Obama is set to announce on Friday that private companies have
donated more than $400 million worth of software and software licenses
to bring more technology to classrooms.
Adobe Systems, the San Jose-based software company, will make over
$300 million of software available to students for creative
projects, school management and teacher training, the White House
said in a statement.
In addition, Prezi, a Hungarian software firm, is providing $100
million in licenses for its Edu Pro tool for creating presentations,
The announcements are related to the president's goal of modernizing
internet connections for almost all American school children, the
White House said. Earlier this month, the president unveiled $750
million in donations from leading technology companies including
Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp to deliver tablets, software, and
wireless services to schools.
The president is due to make the announcements at what is being
billed as the first-ever White House student film festival. Obama
and guests will screen 16 student-produced videos that were selected
from among about 2,000 entries in a competition to create short
films about technology and education.
(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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