Today I had the honor of visiting the White House with some Adobe colleagues for the first ever White House Student Film Festival. In addition to screening more than a dozen short films about the role of technology in education, President Obama gave a progress report on his ConnectED initiative, which is focused on raising technology standards for 99 percent of American students within the next five years.
I’m so proud of Adobe’s role in today’s announcement at the White House. All told, we are committing more than $300 million worth of software to ConnectED. This commitment is among the largest from the private sector to date, and it includes Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements for creative projects; Presenter and Captivate to amplify e-Learning; and EchoSign electronic signature software to help improve administrative processes across 15,000 U.S. schools!
Many K-12 school districts across the United States are already using Adobe EchoSign today, but a huge amount of school administrative work is still done on paper. Through this effort Adobe hopes to:
•Help schools save money. We know that the cost of paper-centric workflows is very high. Document filing costs are $20 per document. Based on conservative estimates, we can potentially help schools save $250M over the next five years.
•Help digitize the administration of our schools. The days of paper, fax machines, and printing in our schools are over – with Adobe EchoSign, K-12 schools can take a comprehensive look at how the business of school administration is done, and how digital solutions can help enable a more modern approach.
•Help schools make a positive impact on the environment. Over the course of the next five years, our contribution of EchoSign to this initiative alone offers the potential of helping schools save 171 million gallons of water and 14M pounds of landfill typically associated with the cost of using paper. See Adobe’s Resource Saver Calculator here for more information.
We couldn’t be more excited about ConnectED and its potential for raising technology standards in our nation’s schools. I’m thrilled about the role EchoSign will play in helping modernize school processes, and look forward to kicking this off!