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Blog // Connect Alaska

WATCH: Alaska's "Talk Story Write Story" Experience

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Katie Paglini In July of 2013, several senior high school students from rural parts of Alaska were invited to attend a college scholarship writing workshop as part of the Upward Bound Program in Fairbanks, AK. The workshop, entitled Talk Story Write Story, was led by Tad Bartimus Wariner and Dean Wariner of Hana, Hawaii, and partially funded by the Association of Alaska School Boards and Connect Alaska. Two teachers were also involved in the workshop, Megan Shaw from Bethel, and Jeanne Campbell from Chevak. The goal was to give the students the support and the tools necessary to be successful when applying for college...

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We're Celebrating Education Month At Connected Nation!

By Connected Nation

We're excited to announce the kick-off of Connected Nation’s Education Month. We’re working with partners across the nation on efforts and initiatives to connect more classrooms and bring better technology to students and educators. Recently, we launched our Edified program. The initiative seeks to increase the deployment of the latest mobile technology, robust wireless connectivity, education apps, and twenty-first century teaching practice in America’s K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. The Edified program builds partnerships with technology companies, education research organizations, broadband providers, and...

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Nearly 200,000 Alaskans Rely on e-Learning

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi, Research Analyst Broadband is playing an important role in modern education, connecting students with some of the world’s best teachers while allowing educators to expand their teaching far beyond the classroom walls. Digital learning, or e-learning, provides the flexibility and efficiency that many students need while providing a boost to enrollment and graduation at colleges and universities. The Alaska Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) is one group that’s working to expand distance learning in the state.  In fact, the AK-20 project developed by ADEC and Juniper Networks connected schools and research...

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Nome Public Schools Tackling Technology Head-on!

By Jeremy Thacker

The Nome Public School District says its investment in new school technology is proving to be a big success! The news came at the last school board meeting. A new wireless network was installed at the Elementary School in August. But the majority of student excitement seems to center around the approximately 200 iPads that are now being used by Nome junior high. Technology Director Robin Johnson reported that the iPads have “Totally, already changed what the classroom looks like in the junior high.” And more technological changes are in the works. “Achieve 3000” software was recently purchased by the district to address the reading...

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