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Overview

Education Agency

Alaska Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Alaska has educational technology standards.

Alaska has state specific educational technology standards.

State Digital Learning Plan

Alaska does not have a State Digital Learning Plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Alaska has requirements for district technology planning.

Alaska does not require district level educational technology plans, but encourages technology planning as part of other required district and school level plans.

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Overview

In the state of Alaska, the procurement of devices and instructional materials is completed at the local level. There is no legislation that requires adoption of specific Digital Learning Resources (DLRs) by the state or localities, but there is an expectation that DLR align to Alaska’s educational standards. The AASB Consortium for Digital Learning Initiative helps with collaborative purchasing and facilitates an iTunes site for Alaska education.

Alaska’s legislature appropriated $4 million for the Alaska Digital Teaching initiative (DTi) program to encourage the implementation of digital instructional materials and these grants can include the procurement of devices and instructional materials. The Association of Alaska School Boards Consortium for Digital Learning has helped districts partner to purchase digital devices when state funds have been available.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Alaska has a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

As per the Alaska State Guidance for Special Education Personnel (January 2017), Chapter 111: “Accessible instructional materials (AIM) are print materials that have been transformed into specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text to meet the needs of students with print disabilities…. IEP Teams must ensure that assistive technology required to access instructional materials is available at no cost to any student with a disability “…who needs devices or services for supplementary aids and services in regular classes or in the child’s home or other setting in order to receive a FAPE.” (4 AAC 52.148; for a federal definition of assistive technology, see § 602[1]). Districts own (and must maintain) equipment they purchase.”

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Alaska has a unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

“As per the Alaska State Guidance for Special Education Personnel (January 2017), Chapter 11: “Districts may purchase compliant materials or may develop their own, provided they meet the NIMAS. All instructional materials must be provided to students in a timely manner (34 CFR § 300.210(b))… Alaska provides NIMAS support through the Alaska Center for Accessible Media (www.akcam.org) project at Assistive Technology of Alaska (www.atlaak.org). Upon request, ATLA will search for (or may be contracted to generate) materials in NIMAS approved format and make these materials available for purchase by districts. Districts need to provide ATLA with an Eligibility Form, and a Textbook Request Form. ATLA can also provide staff AIM trainings and support to LEAs.”

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Alaska definition for instructional materials/textbook does not include the option for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Alaska does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

Alaska provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Via the www.akcam.org project, program-specific support is provided to LEAs.

Guidance Outside of School

Alaska does not provide guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

Policy - Adoption

Alaska does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Alaska does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

Alaska does not have a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska provides information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

As per the Alaska State Special Education Handbook, pg 141: “Districts may purchase compliant materials or may develop their own, provided they meet the NIMAS. All instructional materials must be provided to students in a timely manner (34 CFR § 300.210(b))… Alaska provides NIMAS support through the Alaska Center for Accessible Media (www.akcam.org) project at Assistive Technology of Alaska (www.atlaak.org). Upon request, ATLA will search for (or may be contracted to generate) materials in NIMAS approved format and make these materials available for purchase by districts. Districts need to provide ATLA with an Eligibility Form, and a Textbook Request Form. ATLA can also provide staff AIM trainings and support to LEAs.”

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Alaska provides information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

As per the Alaska State Special Education Handbook, pg 141: “Alaska provides NIMAS support through the Alaska Center for Accessible Media (www.akcam.org) project at Assistive Technology of Alaska (www.atlaak.org). Upon request, ATLA will search for (or may be contracted to generate) materials in NIMAS approved format and make these materials available for purchase by districts. Districts need to provide ATLA with an Eligibility Form, and a Textbook Request Form. ATLA can also provide staff AIM trainings and support to LEAs.”

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Alaska does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

Alaska has procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Alaska has guidelines for commercial and OER publishers, developers, and vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

The State of Alaska includes an administrative assurance in its annual 6B/619 grant application, to which LEAs assure that they will: “When purchasing core instructional print materials the district will acquire those instructional materials in the same manner, and subject to the same conditions as an SEA under 34 CFR 300.172 by making every attempt to ensure that the publisher sends (at no additional cost) electronic files containing the contents of the print instructional materials using the NIMAS standard to the National Instructional Materials Center (NIMAC). The district will, if not coordinating with NIMAC, provide instructional materials to blind persons or other persons with print disabilities in a timely manner.” Assurances are subject to compliance monitoring.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

Alaska does not manage regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.

Master Contract Digital Devices

Alaska does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase instructional materials.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Alaska does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Alaska does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Education Support Services – procurement
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska has dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

State funds are available for digital instructional materials via state coordinated competitive grants that include the option to purchase digital instructional materials.

Alaska districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials with local funds.

Alaska districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials in collaboration with non-profits.

Funding for Devices

Alaska does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

Alaska has a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

“Via the grant funded Alaska Center For Accessible Instructional Materials (www.akcam.org), materials are provided free of charge to eligible students with disabilities.”

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Alaska does not have a state hosted content management system or a state master contract for a content management system available to schools and districts.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Alaska does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

Open Educational Resources

Alaska does not develop open educational resources.

Alaska does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Alaska does not have a state resource repository.

The Alaska Association of School Boards hosts the Alaska Consortium for Distance Learning via iTunes U.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

Open Educational Resources

Alaska does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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