New York City Schools just announced Digital Ready, their innovative plan to help public high schools use technology to better prepare students for today’s economy. Students will be introduced to the newest digital teaching tools and connected to the city’s vibrant technology scene.

Skillfeed, Shutterstock’s new online education platform, is proud to be a strategic partner of this new initiative. Skillfeed provides hundreds of online video courses from some of the best instructors to help people learn graphic design, video editing, coding, mobile development, and other cutting-edge skills. Members enjoy unlimited access to over 17,000 tutorials for just $19 a month. By building Skillfeed, Shutterstock aims to democratize education and make it increasingly affordable to people all over the world, much like we did with high-quality imagery.

Through Digital Ready, teachers will incorporate digital resources like Skillfeed directly into their lesson plans. This will engage students in a hybrid method of learning that combines the traditional classroom setting with digital tools, exposing them to careers and skill sets that depend heavily upon knowledge of technology.

By being exposed to digital skills early on, students will be better prepared for college and their careers. In a press release by NYC Digital, Commissioner Katherine Oliver of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment says, “It is essential to equip young New Yorkers with the skills they’ll need to pursue careers after they’ve finished their education.”

“Skillfeed
is excited to be providing NYC students access to hundreds of online
courses to help them hone their digital skills,” adds David Fraga,
General Manager of Skillfeed.

The program launched in 10 high schools in fall 2013, and will expand in the following year to 10 additional schools, including both middle and high schools.

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