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New Program Aims to Expand Technology to Native Villages

By Jeremy Thacker

Connect Alaska is joining with the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) in an effort bring new digital skills to rural Alaska!

Alaska Natives are often left behind when it comes to digital skills. But a new pilot program is designed to change all that. AASB representatives are now going into six different bush villages to begin bridging the gap that’s currently leaving entire communities without the tools they need to prosper.

The AASB representatives are traveling to the selected villages several times during the school year to conduct week-long teacher workshops on broadband technology and how to use the Internet. Village school representatives will, in turn, teach local workshops to share the crucial skills with residents.

The Connect Alaska and AASB partnership will focus on teaching village residents about technology and applications through hands-on tutorials. Participants will learn skills like how to use a computer or broadband device, email and social networking, and finding resources online including how to access Alaska’s growing offering of e-government services.

Connect Alaska and Dr. Bob Whicker will oversee the program. Dr. Whicker holds a Ph.D. in education and is the Director of the AASB Consortium for Digital Learning and a member of the Alaska Broadband Task Force.

For further information, please contact Connect Alaska Program Coordinator Katie Paglini at [email protected] or (907) 280-9745. And for all the latest technology news in Alaska, make sure to like Connect Alaska on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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