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Alaska Students Create Interactive Digital Storybooks to Preserve Indigenous Languages

By CAK Staff

The Kashunamiut School District in Chevak, Alaska has created an innovative and interactive way to aid in preserving and galvanizing the state’s 20 official indigenous languages. The past year, the Association of Alaska School Boards has worked with students to create interactive digital storybooks to use in the language immersion program for elementary students. The storybooks are told in multiple Alaska Native languages, including Alutiiq, Inupiaq, and Yup’ik. Some of these languages have fewer than 100 fluent speakers left, so the work to preserve the languages has become an imperative effort among natives. Rhonda Kite, CEO of KIWA...

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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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WATCH: Digitizing Alaska - Metlakatla Part Two

By CAK Staff

Part two of the Connect Alaska look at Metlakatla and the “Digitizing Alaska; Broadband Strategies” Project.Watch the video chronicling just one small part of a larger AASB project focused on research and e-commerce across the state! This effort is championed by the AASB’s Consortium for Digital Learning (AASB/CDL), and is partially funded through a State Broadband Initiative grant awarded to the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, and Connect Alaska. Keep up with all of Alaska’s latest technology and broadband news! Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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WATCH: Digitizing Alaska - Metlakatla

By CAK Staff

In April of 2013, Dr. Bob Whicker and Steve Nelson representing the Association of Alaska School Boards, and Frank Odasz, President of Lone Eagle Consulting, were in Metlakatla, Alaska for the “Digitizing Alaska; Broadband Strategies” Project. This effort is championed by the AASB’s Consortium for Digital Learning (AASB/CDL), and is partially funded through a State Broadband Initiative grant awarded to the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, and Connect Alaska. Watch the video chronicling just one small part of a larger AASB project focused on research and e-commerce across the state! Digitizing Alaska:...

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