Innovate to Educate Entry

Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District

Chasina Worman, Information Specialist

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

We have started what is called the Alaska Digital Academy. The purpose of the Alaska Digital Teaching initiative is to support and increase the delivery of high quality, interactive courses to middle and high school students using evidence-based online and blended learning models.

AKDA is working on innovative approaches to engage students across district boundaries. The Alaska Digital is working with NASA on groundbreaking earthquake monitoring research in partnership with NASA.
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What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

The state of Alaska has some unique educational challenges. Last year the legislature cut education spending by $100 million, and we expect to see more cuts this year. According to the Alaska state's department of Education there are around 60 small school in Alaska that are in jeopardy of closing as they have less than 20 students. With very school schools, there are limited teachers who must teacher every subject area. Restricting the courses students have access too. Many of our communities
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What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Student Centered
Quality Standards and Curriculum
Empowering Educators by providing the professional development and support needed.

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