SIIA Member Classroom Connect Urges Congress to Uphold Commitment to Successful Integration of Education Technology

March 9, 2001

(Washington, DC) The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Commerce Committee, represented by Jenny House, Vice President for Strategic Relations for Classroom Connect, Inc of Brisbane, CA. The presentation to the Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee outlined how education technology is improving teaching and learning, and encouraged Congress to support these investments to ensure all students gain 21st Century knowledge and skills.

In her testimony on behalf of SIIA, Jenny House outlined elementary and secondary schools’ need for technology infrastructure and access, software and digital curriculum, and educators well-trained to integrate technology tools into their instruction. She also described the importance of federal resources and public-private partnerships in promoting successful technology solutions.

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“Success in the workforce today requires a set of abilities not necessary a generation ago,” said Ken Wasch, SIIA president. “Technology provides teachers and students with tools that improve achievement of basic skills and enhance technology literacy, communications and other qualifications for high-skilled jobs. Successful integration of technology into the curriculum results in a system that provides individualized anytime, anywhere learning and prepares students for self-directed and lifelong learning.”

“Classroom Connect is partnering with schools nationwide to provide technology solutions that enhance the student’s learning experience and provide teachers with the training they need to effectively integrate technology and the Internet into their instruction,” said Jenny House, Vice President of Strategic Relations for Classroom Connect. “Federal leadership and investment is critical to ensuring all schools have access to high-quality technology tools and digital curriculum, helping students achieve high standards and possess 21st Century skills.”

Classroom Connect, Inc., is a privately held Internet company that develops and markets original, Web-based curriculum products/services and teacher professional development programs for the K-12 education community. Its partners include some of the nation’s most respected organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Library of Congress and NASA. Classroom Connect has more than 175 employees in five offices nationwide, For more information, visit Classroom Connect’s Web site at or call (650) 351-5100.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association of the software code and information content industries. SIIA represents more than 1,000 leading high-tech companies that develop and market software and electronic content for business, education, consumers and the Internet. For further information, visit