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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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The Anchorage Police Department has Big Plans for the Digital Age

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Katie Paglini The Anchorage Police Department isn’t letting advancements in technology slip away unnoticed. In fact, you can expect some pretty exciting things in the not-so-distant future. Gone are the days of limited Internet access for officers…there was even a time (not so long ago) when only a select group of APD employees had email addresses! No more says Anita Shell, Public Information Officer for the Anchorage Police Department. Now, everyone can take part in the convenience of living in the digital age! Shell says the difference is like night and day, and it’s been a huge help for officers in the field. “Somebody will...

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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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WATCH: Broadband & Public Safety - How Anchorage Fire Department Uses Tech to Save Lives

By CAK Staff

Technology is Critical for the Anchorage Fire Dept. from Connected Nation on Vimeo. When it comes to using broadband for public safety in Alaska, Jerry Bailey knows the ins and outs of the industry. As the Fire Information Systems Manager for the Anchorage Fire Department, Bailey says his job is to utilize the Internet so Firefighters and Paramedics can do their jobs more efficiently.  

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