Interactive Mobile Apps in Alaska Native Languages to Improve Literacy
Native cultures across Alaska are actively working to preserve and revitalize the state’s 20 official indigenous languages to improve literacy for future generations. Some of these languages have fewer than 100 fluent speakers left, many of them elderly, which adds urgency to these efforts.
Since 2012 the Association of Alaska School Boards’ Consortium for Digital Learning has assisted with the coordination, production and distribution of 15 interactive digital books in multiple Alaska Native languages, including Alutiiq, Cup’ik, Inupiaq and Yup’ik.
For the past year AASB has worked closely with Kashunamiut School District in Chevak to create 12 Cup’ik language interactive storybooks for use in the school’s Cup’ik language immersion program for elementary students. This movie tells the story of that process in the words of the people who participated.
The Cup’ik language interactive digital storybook series received a 2014 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska award from the Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska’s liaison with the U.S. Library of Congress Center for the Book.
The entire Cup’ik language interactive digital storybook series is available free from the Apple App Store as iPad downloads. To locate them, search the App Store for “Cup’ik” and click on the “See All” link.
More information and links to each of the free interactive digital storybooks featuring Alaska Native languages is here.