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ERIC Number: EJ763080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1053-6728
One-to-One in Alaska: In the Remote Alaskan Interior, Students are Reaping the Benefits of Laptop Computing
McHale, Tom
Technology & Learning, v27 n8 p24-26 Mar 2007
Each school, district, or state has a unique set of circumstances and obstacles to deal with in implementing a one-to-one laptop program. That is especially true of Denali Borough School District in Alaska. Located in the Alaskan interior, it encompasses Denali National Park (with North America's tallest mountain), covers more than 12,000 square miles (roughly the size of Maryland), and serves about 300 students in its three buildings. In 1991 the Alaska State Department of Education instituted standards-based learning, and in the last few years, Denali has implemented an Expeditionary Learning model in its schools. The remoteness of students, faculty, and school buildings is something Pete Vraspir, director of technology for the district, has to consider on a daily basis. The district's three K-12 school buildings--Cantwell, Anderson, and Tri-Valley--are about 40 miles apart. To serve students who cannot attend school in one of these buildings, the Denali Peak correspondence school was developed, which includes about 300 students. Students in this program, along with all students in grades 6-12, are issued a laptop. Denali uses Apple as a vendor, with students currently using iBooks and PowerBooks; MacBooks will be rolled out next year. Vraspir says the one-to-one program really addresses their ability to help their kids get information that they might not have normally been exposed to. Denali looks to continue its program and move even further away from printed material and toward digital assignments and portfolios.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska