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Blog // Connect Alaska

Laptops Improve Learning in Alaska

By Jeremy Thacker

It’s undeniable – digital learning is the future of education! And now, thanks to a hugely successful program, more than 12,000 Alaskan students are learning like never before. Six years ago, the Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB) launched the Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL). Today, 28 of the state’s 53 school districts are benefitting from the program that puts laptop computers directly into the hands of students. “One of the biggest benefits we’re seeing for students is the new level of engagement they have with their education,” says the AASB’s Bob Whicker. “They have their own dedicated digital device whenever they need it...

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Validating Alaska’s Broadband Service

By CAK Staff

Contributor: John Determan We hope you enjoyed our blog yesterday about the different broadband delivery methods.  If you haven't checked it out, do so now!  Today, we're looking at how our team goes about validating the different broadband methods to provide more accurate, useful mapping of broadband availability. Validation: Our team of engineers verifies each of these platforms above by going out into the field with tools, test equipment and data.  We spend countless hours determining how accurately each platform is represented on state maps.  This process is known as “provider validation.” While conducting a...

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Broadband Internet Access Basics

By CAK Staff

Contributor: John Determan We talk a lot about broadband and bringing it to more homes, businesses, and communities across the nation.  But do you know the different delivery methods for making that access and adoption possible?  If not, don't worry, you're not alone.   DSL, Wi-Fi, and Cable are terms that might look a little strange to someone who isn't paying close attention.  Want to know the differences between broadband delivery methods?  The following is a list of the major broadband delivery methods and how they work: Cable - In the mid 1990’s cable TV operators began upgrading their equipment to support new...

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FCC Calls on Education Tech Leaders to Move Learning Forward Using Digital Tools

By CAK Staff

From Ted Gotsch, Senior Editor, Telecommunications Reports   On Thursday, March 29, 2012, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off the first meeting of the newly-assembled Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission by charging its members to push forward with assembling a plan to move towards the use to digital textbooks so that the U.S. can create a workforce for the future that can compete globally for the jobs of tomorrow. Speaking to top executives with telecom, technology, and education companies who make up the LEAD Commission, both Chairman Genachowski and Secretary Duncan...

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