The pen, phone and iPad: Obama's tech push in U.S. schools

U.S. President Barack Obama holds up an iPad during a visit to Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland February 4, 2014. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama has a pen. He has a phone. And on Tuesday, he wielded an iPad to help make a point about how he hopes to do more for schools without more funding from Congress.

Obama toured Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland, where seventh-grade students were using tablets to work on math problems based on the Rover explorer on Mars.

Obama borrowed a tablet to film his security entourage. "That's Mike, my Secret Service agent. He never smiles," he quipped.

Then he pledged to do more through executive actions and the bully pulpit -- the pen and the phone -- to modernize classrooms with technology.

"It makes vivid and real math and science, in a way that is more interesting to the students," Obama said in a speech after his tour of the school, which is among only 30 percent of schools in the nation with adequate access to high-speed Internet.

"That's how it should be for everybody, not just some," he said.

The school in Adelphi, a middle-class suburb of Washington, D.C., bought tablets with money from the $847 billion economic stimulus package Congress passed five years ago.

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