Teachers awarded tech grants

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sixteen Alaska teachers have won $10,000 awards to buy technology for their classroom or school under the Artifacts for Alaskans by Alaskans competition. Three of the teachers work for the Juneau School District.

In the competition, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development invited the state’s teachers to submit lessons that are delivered through technology. Artifacts were uploaded onto a website as podcasts, webcasts, slide presentations, videos or texts.

The awardees are: Carla Sigler of Floyd Dryden Middle School; Jan Neimeyer and Kathleen Galau of Thunder Mountain High School; Erik Johnson and Jason Arthur of Highland Tech Charter School in Anchorage; Luke Almon of Eagle River High School; Jessie Soder of Gustavus School; Raymond Voley of Kenny Lake School; Rene Martin of Haines High School; Greg Zorbas of Kenai Central High School; Mark Woodward of Revilla Alternative High School in Ketchikan; Marian Gonzales of Point Higgins Elementary School in Ketchikan; Amber Rinella of Wasilla Middle School; Sonya Cook of Fronteras Charter School in Mat-Su; Gregory Weissenberg of Soldotna High School; and Rob Sparks of Skyview High School.

Their work is posted at http://aklearn.net/artifact. These artifacts eventually will be accompanied by standards-based lessons and will be a permanent resource for the Alaska Learning Network, which assists Alaskan schools in providing students and teachers with a comprehensive range of fundamental, advanced, and specialized online learning – regardless of geographic or technical restrictions.

The awardees also won four all-expense-paid trips for their districts to the Alaska Society for Education in Technology conference, to be held Feb. 20-22 in Anchorage.

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