Good news/bad news.
The bad news is that funding for all federal programs (AARA and others) will be more competitive nationally. Since Alaska is so small in population, it means we’re at a disadvantage.
The good news is that this will create the need to be more innovative and creative.
When you get a moment, take a look at the NEW National Ed Tech plan… hot off the press – in November, 2011. It’s exciting to read what is happening nationally. I believe it’s a magnification of what we are already struggling with in Alaska, with our remote locations and the desperate need for technology to provide a globally-competitive education system.
As we plunge forward with Alaska’s initiatives, you will see a mirror of national action plans that help us create broader bandwidth, resources tied directly to standards, and engaging ‘artifacts’ that are free and accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Watch for more soon.