The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open Library’ App for Title I and Special Education Teachers

Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge, Feb 24, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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We may find a decade or so down the road that Barack Obama has very quietly done as much to improve access to education in the United States as he has done to improve access to health care, in this case through the ConnectED initiative. The mis-named 'Open eBooks' app is another product of ConnectED, and like ObamaCare, it is an attempt to strike a balance between social policy and private industry. The idea of the app is that users can 'borrow' up to ten eBooks at a time, just like a library (so it really should be called 'eLibrary' or some such thing). And it's only available to educators, student or administrator at one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or any of the 194 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States. So - good, but far short of anything like real open access.

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