In the summer of 2014, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District was awarded the "Digital Teaching Initiative Grant" to start the Alaska Digital Academy. The intention of the newly founded Alaska Digital Academy is to deliver high quality interactive distance courses to Alaskan middle and high school students. Together with the school districts from Craig, Annette Island, Klawock, Hydaburg, and Southeast Island the Alaska Digital Academy hopes to offer increased opportunities for our students through a Enriched Virtual instruction model.
This site will provide an online portal to high-quality interactive courses for middle and high school students taught by experienced, highly qualified teachers who are proficient in distance technology and who understand alternative forms of education. Through the Digital Academy students will have access to teachers throughout the school day, after school hours, and when school is not in session. Using Individualized Learning Plans, assessments and the Alaska State Standards educators will customize learning to fit each student.
“This is an opportunity to strengthen 21st century best practices in Alaska and provide greater access to high-quality teachers and content for more of our Alaskan students,” Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley said.
Through an innovative approach that combines digital learning, blended learning, and an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students will not be restricted by the traditional school day or course offerings. The "classroom", supported by a highly qualified teacher will no longer be hindered by the walls of a building. Individualized learning can take place on site, at home, on the boat, or in the field. With teachers available in person, through video conference, by chat or on the phone students can get help when they need it, not just during school hours. Students through the Academy will be able to take advance AP courses to qualify for the Alaska performance scholarship, take courses that do not fit in the traditional school day, or obtain credit recovery.