The education technology office at DEED is dedicated to supporting the rich integration of technology into instructional practice, supporting K-12 technology infrastructure development, and the advancement of personalized learning, maker education, digital citizenship, and computer science instruction in Alaskan schools.
- Education Technology Coordinator
- Sam Jordan: (907) 465-6469
The map below gives locations of innovative technology programs that are enhancing education in Alaska. Do you have your own Alaskan EdTech program? Contact Sam Jordan at the Department of Education and Early Development and get your program on the map!
Speak Up Survey
The Speak Up National Research Project collects and reports data on STEM-related topics and the use of educational technology among K-12 students, their families, educators, administrators, and the edtech staff who support technology-enriched teaching and learning. Get the details from their data findings page.
Technology Grants for Educators
Note: Please consult your district administration to ensure you follow any local policies regarding grants.
Note: Please consult your district administration to ensure you follow any local policies regarding DonorsChoose.org.
At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers post requests for classroom projects – everything from pencils to video projectors, to musical instruments, and much more. Citizen philanthropists can then browse the requests and donate to projects, and DonorsChoose.org has the materials delivered. Learn more about the program on their about page.
EdTech Organizations & Associations
- Federal Office of EDtech
- Education Superhighway
- GCI Education
- State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
- Consortium for School Networking (COSN)
EdTech Professional Development
Resources for Teachers
Tools for Districts
Alaska Week of Code
How to Participate
You can get started by checking out the links below, or by visiting the Alaska Week of Code page.
Being Safe Online
Each year, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development celebrates Alaska Digital Citizenship Week. This celebration is part of an ongoing effort to teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. For more information, visit the Digital Citizenship page.
DEED Vendor Policy
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) works on behalf of Alaska school districts to manage programs of statewide interest. School districts in Alaska are, by law, independent entities and make all of their own decisions regarding purchases.
With few exceptions, DEED will never select or purchase products or services directly for school districts. Alaska school districts are empowered to make curricular and infrastructure purchases that meet their unique needs.
If you are interested in introducing your product to Alaskan school districts, we suggest reaching out to individual school districts. School district information can be found on our Alaskan Schools page.
Contact our Consultant
DEED provides E-Rate support to school districts via our consultant, Valerie Oliver. You can email Valerie or call 907-227-4051 for assistance.
Alaska K-12 Broadband Initiative
As part of Alaska’s Education Challenge, Governor Bill Walker and the Alaska Department of Education (DEED) have partnered with the national non-profit EducationSuperHighway to launch the Alaska K-12 Broadband Initiative to expand high-speed Internet access to schools across Alaska.
All tools and resources are provided to Alaskan school districts at no cost. Services will include:
- Providing powerful E-rate data for analysis
- Planning for upgrades to broadband networks based on a district's current infrastructure and future needs
- Researching technology and service provider options by engaging directly with the service provider community
- Developing Form 470 / RFP strategies and build business cases
- Working with service providers to get bid responses and procure solutions
- Samuel Jordan, DEED Education Technology Coordinator
- Christine Yoo, EducationSuperHighway District Consultant
- Aarti Bhatnagar, EducationSuperHighway Program Manager