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Digital nation — broadband use in the USA

Broadband internet access in U.S. homes continues to grow: 64 percent of households have broadband access compared to 51 percent in October 2007, according to the report Digital Nation: 21st century America’s progress towards universal broadband internet access.

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released this report taking a first look at data collected through the Internet Usage Survey of more than 50,000 households, commissioned by NTIA and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in October 2009.

Since 2007, the data show that while virtually all demographic groups have experienced rising broadband Internet access adoption at home, historic disparities among particular demographic groups overall continue to persist.

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Our first visit to the Top End

Ambassador Bleich meets the Lord Mayor of Darwin

From Ambassador Bleich:

The first clue that February in Darwin is a little different were the warnings I received to bring extra shirts: “You’ll sweat through them the moment you leave the plane.” One politician pulled me aside to whisper, “Whatever you do, avoid blue shirts . . . perspiration stains.”

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2010 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. released

The Statistical Abstract, also known as “Uncle Sam’s Almanac,” has been published since 1878 — before automobiles, airplanes and motion pictures had even been invented. Contained in the 129th edition are more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts which collectively describe the state of our nation and the world.

Did you know that in 2007, the nation’s 16,604 libraries collectively had an average of 12.5 public-use computers connected to the Internet per library?

Every edition of the Statistical Abstract, dating from 1878, is available in PDF or zip files on the Census Bureau’s Web site.

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President considers the State of the Union

“I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I could do it alone,” President Obama said today in his first State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress. “Democracy in a nation of 300 million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That’s just how it is.

“We have finished a difficult year.  We have come through a difficult decade.  But a new year has come.  A new decade stretches before us.  We don’t quit.  I don’t quit.  Let’s seize this moment — to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.”

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16-20 November is International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

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Museums and libraries play critical role in skills development

Museums, Libraries and 21st Century Skills is a website created by the Institute of Library and Museum Services to help libraries and museums evaluate their readiness to engage the public and to deliver 21st century skills.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums in the United States. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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Tertiary education overseas is invaluable experience

Campus Connections, the latest e-journal produced by the Bureau of International Information Programs, examines the international study experience and its influence on individual growth. Almost double the numbers of students travel abroad for an education today as compared with 20 years ago.

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Developing the 21st century workforce

The Council of Economic Advisers within the Executive Office of the President has projected potential developments in the U.S. labor market over the next 5 to 10 years. This 30-page report, Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow,  outlines the preparations necessary to develop the 21st century workforce.

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Education advisers receive international recognition

The volunteer EducationUSA advisers in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane recently received the Unsung Hero Award for 20 years of volunteer advising to Australians interested in studying in the United States. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Association of International Educators conference in Los Angeles and was one of only 5 awards presented worldwide to EducationUSA advisers. More than 7,000 international educators from around the world attended the conference. The Australian network was established in 1989 by the US Embassy and its consulates to meet the interest in U.S. education opportunities. Recent adviser initiatives include the creation of virtual consulting student services and on-line adviser course development. Helen Reidy, based in Sydney, is the national coordinator for the program.

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Mini-digest of education statistics 2008

The National Center for Education Statistics just published a compilation of statistical information covering American education from kindergarten through graduate school. The statistical highlights are excerpts from the Digest of Education of Statistics, 2008, which will be released soon.

Update: Digest of Education Statistics 2008

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