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Blog // Connect Alaska

Be sure to check out the latest report from the Consortium of Digital Learning

By James Dunn

Part of Connect Alaska's State Broadband Initiative included the work of the Association of Alaska School Boards Consortium for Digital Learning. During 2013-2015, the AASB Consortium for Digital Learning conducted 120 Broadband Strategies workshops, meetings, and training seminars in twelve geographically diverse Alaska communities that reached over 1,000 attendees. Many of these locations required air travel in small planes, many times in sub-zero weather, landing on gravel runways. 

At the Broadband Strategies workshops, meetings, and training seminars, a variety of community representatives participated in learning about opportunities afforded with broadband technology.  According to the report, “Our participants ranged from village basket weavers and jewelry makers, church clergy wanting a website, Alaska peony farmers needing digital presence, artists working in felt, etched glass, beads, paper-cutting, leather, and even handbags out of recycled rain-gear, to … a fisherman wanting to livestream catching his fish from his boat to potential customers in the lower 48, hand-made furniture makers, and even Native kuspuk designers.”  The need was strong and the educational response was equally strong. 



Be sure to check out the report here to learn about the project.



About the Consortium on Digital Learning: CDL assists policymakers in understanding the scope of their school district’s initiatives, provides improved support to districts in planning, launching, and sustaining successful digital learning projects, and works with school administrations to provide needed support for implementation at the classroom level. In addition, its focus includes pursuing legislative support for CDL efforts, further developing strategic partnerships with a network of organizations, vendors and service providers, and providing the mechanisms for schools to gain advantages in purchasing power, professional development, and digital content.

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