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Fall 2012 BTOP Partner Meeting

September 13, 2012
Filed under: News — Dan LaSota

Twelve of the Alaska BTOP partners met in Anchorage on the Alaska Pacific University campus. The partners present at the conference were the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, the Alaska Library Network and Digital Pipeline, Alaska Pacific University, the Alaska State Hospital

iPad Lending Program at Della Keats

June 20, 2012
Filed under: News — Dan LaSota

The Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program is operated through the WWAMI School of Medical Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Della Keats program provides aspiring students an introduction to various aspects of the medical profession in a six week on campus setting. Because the students are immersed in college life, they gain

Storytelling in Haines

December 15, 2011
Filed under: Digital Stories,News — Dan LaSota

The first grade students truly shined in their work with their storyteller last week, writes Akela Silkman, teacher in the Haines School District. Silkman continues, “Brett Dillingham’s methodical teaching strategies and contagious enthusiasm instilled a deep understanding of effective storytelling skills as well as a foundation in sequencing and story structure.” …Dillingham’s methodical teaching strategies

Angoon Tells Stories, Digitally

December 7, 2011
Filed under: Digital Stories,News — Dan LaSota

Angoon, Alaska, is a small village of about 450 mostly Tlingit Indians on Admiralty Island, Alaska. The island is unique: it has more brown bears per square mile than any place on earth and its physical connection to the mainland is via a ferry that runs twice a week. It’s Internet connection, however, runs 24/7.

Portable Media Recorders for BTOP

December 6, 2011
Filed under: News,VCS — Dan LaSota

Deep in the basement of the Butrovich building, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Video Conferencing Services (part of the Office of Information Technology) has been working to help facilitate effective video communication, and implement teaching tools for the partners in the Bridging the E-Learning grant. This is being accomplished with a webcasting and knowledge

Distance Learning for Boys and Girls Home

December 3, 2011
Filed under: BGHome,News — Dan LaSota

The Boys and Girls Home of Family Centered Services, Fairbanks, Alaska will soon be plugging into the world of video conferencing. Using BTOP funds the Boys and Girls Home will be connecting its residents to external resources. describes how Alaska BTOP funds are going to be used to install and deliver video equipment. Ernie Manzie,

AFHCAN Receives Accreditation

November 11, 2011
Filed under: ANTHC,News — Dan LaSota

One of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s members, the Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (AFHCAN), has received accreditation from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Jay Brudzinski and Cindy Roleff, both Lead Telehealth Coordinators at AFHCAN, worked in conjunction with Mandi Constantine of ANTHC on the accreditation package. The purpose of ATA accreditation is

Take a Survey, Help Alaska

November 10, 2011
Filed under: News — Dan LaSota

What is the current status of broadband Internet availability and use across Alaska? How fast is the Internet in rural Alaska? The answer to this question is of interest to many audiences including consumers, businesses, government, and policy makers. A survey conducted via telephone twelve months ago by ConnectAlaska, provided some initial data but did

Alaska Digital Sandbox

October 4, 2011
Filed under: EED,News — Dan LaSota

At the Alaska BTOP partners meeting, held in Anchorage on October 4, 2011, Roxy Mourant, Alaska EED, briefly explains the Alaska Digital Sandbox program, funded by BTOP dollars. The Digital Sandbox will host a repository of education materials prepared by students and teachers across the state. Since the Sandbox is focused on education, school districts

ALN Q3 Quarterly Report

September 9, 2011
Filed under: Alaska Library Network,News — Dan LaSota

Alaska Library Network Quarterly Project Update BTOP August 2011 Report Grant Expenses to date: $43,100 Match to date: $288,432 Describe the trainings or awareness activities that you’ve conducted, please include the location of the activity, description of activity and size of audience The bus ads promoting TERC and Live Homework Help started to appear on