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Overview

Digital Learning Tab: This current tab provides information and links related to digital learning plans and standards, the adoption of computer science standards and state definitions for personalized learning. Visit the Instructional Materials, Procurement and Professional Learning Tabs for more information on this state.

DIGITAL LEARNING PLANS & STANDARDS

State Digital Learning Plan

Alaska does not have a state digital learning plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Alaska has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

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

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Alaska has digital learning standards for students.

Alaska has state specific educational technology standards.

State Personalized Learning Definition

Alaska does not have a unique state definition for personalized learning.

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Overview

The Alaska Digital Teaching initiative (DTi) program encourages the implementation of digital instructional materials.The Alaska Department of Education provides review tools for the new materials in terms of the Alaska English/Language Arts and Mathematics Standards. The Alaska Legislature appropriated $4 million for the Alaska DTi program and has provided funding in the past to the Alaska Learning Network. Alaska does not have a textbook review/approval process at the state level. Selecting instructional materials is a district, school, department chair or teacher initiated process. There are no state laws restricting local selection or purchasing of instructional materials. Funded by the department of education,  the Alaska Learning Network (AKLN), a coalition of all 54 Alaska School Districts managed by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and Advisory Board supports the use of digital instructional materials.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Alaska does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

Alaska does not have a definition for accessible educational materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Alaska does not have a definition for accessible technologies.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Alaska does not have a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Alaska does not have a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Selection Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

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

Guidance Selection Accessible Technologies

Yes, our state 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: “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 Inclement Weather

Alaska does not provide guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a process for the review of instructional materials.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Alaska does not have a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alaska does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alaska does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

Alaska does not require districts to follow the state review process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Resource Repositories

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.

State Resource Repository

Alaska does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Alaska does not have dedicated state funding.

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

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

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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. http://cdl.aasb.orgAl. aska’s legislature appropriated $4 million for the http://cdl.aasb.org/support-materials/ 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.

Guidance – Publishers

Alaska does not have procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Alaska does not have guidelines for commercial or OER publishers, developers, or 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.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Alaska does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Alaska does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

Alaska does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the publisher.

State Pricing Negotiation

Alaska does not negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

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Overview

Alaska has not implemented a statewide initiative to support professional learning opportunities for educators related to the creation, selection and/or implementation of quality digital instructional materials.

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska does not provide professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska does not provide professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

Development of Professional Learning Programs

Alaska does not develop professional learning programs.

Development of OER

Alaska does not provide professional learning opportunities to support the development of digital OER.

Share OER

Alaska does not provide professional learning opportunities for teachers to share of digital OER

Professional Learning - Accessibility

No, our state does not provide professional learning to support the implementation of accessible educational materials.

Technical Assistance - Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

No, our state does not provide technical assistance to support the implementation of accessible instructional/educational materials

Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

No, our state does not provide technical assistance to support the use of accessible technologies.