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Nearly 200,000 Alaskans Rely on e-Learning

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi, Research Analyst Broadband is playing an important role in modern education, connecting students with some of the world’s best teachers while allowing educators to expand their teaching far beyond the classroom walls. Digital learning, or e-learning, provides the flexibility and efficiency that many students need while providing a boost to enrollment and graduation at colleges and universities. The Alaska Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) is one group that’s working to expand distance learning in the state.  In fact, the AK-20 project developed by ADEC and Juniper Networks connected schools and research...

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Nome Public Schools Tackling Technology Head-on!

By Jeremy Thacker

The Nome Public School District says its investment in new school technology is proving to be a big success! The news came at the last school board meeting. A new wireless network was installed at the Elementary School in August. But the majority of student excitement seems to center around the approximately 200 iPads that are now being used by Nome junior high. Technology Director Robin Johnson reported that the iPads have “Totally, already changed what the classroom looks like in the junior high.” And more technological changes are in the works. “Achieve 3000” software was recently purchased by the district to address the reading...

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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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Educating Alaska at high-speed through GIS

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Ashley Hitt, GIS Services Manager September is Education Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to enhance knowledge and broadband connectivity in schools. Part of a growing trend in education at all levels is an increase in teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to students to provide a better understanding of the world around them. With nearly two out of three jobs requiring at least some college education by 2018, advances in technology and geospatial analysis will continue to accelerate;...

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