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Blog // Connect Alaska

Verizon Awards Alaska School District Grant for 3D Printing program

By CAK Staff

Thanks to a grant from Verizon, an Alaska school district is going to launch a new 3D printing program. According to an article from Alaska Business Monthly, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District has been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant, which will be used for “its Arctic Careers in 3D Printing program, which will incorporate 3D printing technology and curriculum in the STEM labs of its 11 schools that serve more than 500 high school students.” “We’re tremendously thankful to receive this grant. 3D printing has the power to transform life in Arctic villages and improve the lives of our students and our families,”...

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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...

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Education Through Technology: Preserving Alaska’s Rural Culture

By CAK Staff

Living in today’s digital age, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creative ways to engage students and promote education through technology. New ideas are popping up everywhere, and it just so happens some of the most exciting ideas are coming out of rural Alaska! One great example is the QBook. Don’t know what a QBook is? You’re not alone. It’s a brand new application created by KIWA Media, a New Zealand based digital media company, which brings stories, lesson plans, songs, endangered languages, and more into a fun and interactive learning environment. One of the people leading the initiative in Alaska is Dr. Bob Whicker of the...

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Alaska teachers get an online education on suicide prevention

By Jeremy Thacker

Alaska high school staffs now have a new Internet resource to help prevent student suicide. Alaska’s teen suicide rate is nearly four times higher than the national average, so the state legislature appointed money to offer school workers statewide access to the Kognito At-Risk program. The web-based program shows teachers, administrators and staff members what problem signs to look for in their students and lets them do interactive role-play on how to engage with at-risk individuals. The Kognito At-Risk project is a nationally recognized program and is a joint project of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, the Alaska Department of...

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