AASB Alaska 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative Discussed
AASB Consortium for Digital Learning Director Dr. Bob Whicker was recently interviewed about the Alaska 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative by Capitol Views program host Mike Bradner.
During the interview Dr. Whicker explained that the AASB statewide initiative would expand Consortium for Digital Learning 1:1 pilot projects, now present in over 120 schools, to include every student and teacher in every district (137,300 users) in a four-year phased approach. Funding would be used to provide appropriate digital devices for students and teachers, along with adequate professional development and technical support.
The Alaska 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative is designed to accelerate, amplify, and personalize learning. Tablet devices have comprehensive capabilities and make learning with technology less expensive and much easier. Having a dedicated device available to every student any time they need it allows them to become more engaged, independent learners by addressing individual needs more effectively.
When the school supplies the device, teachers can count on a consistent learning environment to create a richer and more personalized learning experience. Basic skills can be addressed in more effective teaching strategies, and deeper learning is possible through engaging interactive learning opportunities. The 1:1 initiative would create a consistent, cost-efficient system for enhanced classroom instruction. Compatibility with existing infrastructures, opportunities for cost containment and reductions, and a common unified focus for professional development, would create systemic change.
With a local district contribution and about a $16 million state investment per year, all Alaska students and teachers can participate in a well organized, research based 1:1 initiative that will transform the state’s educational system.
Gavel Alaska is a statewide television service of Juneau’s public TV station KTOO-TV, providing unedited live and tape-delayed coverage of state government activities. The seven minute Capitol Views interview will air statewide at various times during Gavel Alaska coverage of the 2014 legislative session.