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Classroom Gamification: Minecraft and The Giver

by Tracie Weisz, ASTE Interior Rep “Things could change, Gabe. Things could be different.” Jonas to Gabriel in Lois Lowry’s The Giver During the last two weeks of November, over 800 students from across Alaska to as far away as Florida began to appreciate just how different school could be.  GiverCraft, a project put together» Learn More

Reflections on a Joyful Semester – Amanda Duvall

The end of the semester is upon me here in Sitka and I like to look at what I did this semester deciding what went well and what needs to be changed. I am the technology teacher at Blatchley Middle School and my goal is to find websites that the students can use now and» Learn More

E-Rate Funding Increase on the Horizon

Great job… that’s all I can say. You did it.     You spoke up for what was important to you and they listened. This is not just a victory for a single organization, like ASTE, or even of talented influencers like Hilary Goldmann and Brian Lewis’ team at ISTE; this is a victory for» Learn More

Staying Connected

Staying Connected I don’t know about you, but ASTE has always been the highlight of my school year. The professional development offered, the sessions presented, and the connections made can fundamentally change how we educate. To this end let me encourage you to stay connected. If you have an old email from a new friend» Learn More

Take our Survey! DL Network ( Distance Learning) Blog

Hello, fellow ASTE members! Since the new academic year is beginning soon for all of us, we wanted to take some time today to apprise you about our Distance Learning survey project. In our sessions last year, we were very impressed by the great work in Distance Learning taking place across the state. There are» Learn More

C&C Network Blog Post- Finding inspiration for the school year.

  Happy Summer to all of you C&C folks out there! It has been a very eventful summer for me so far! My husband and I just got back from an amazing 3 week trip to Italy. As a music teacher, I got to experience some AMAZING things. There were music festivals in almost every» Learn More

What does STEM mean to you? ASTE STEM Network Blog would like to know

The purpose of the ASTE STEM Network is to provide a forum for educators to share information related to the “STEM Education” movement.  The diverse educational environments across Alaska and the distances between them create an education system that can be rather fragmented.   Even within a single district teachers at one school may not know» Learn More

ASTE members visit Atlanta and experience ISTE 2014.

Several ASTE members attended the ISTE conference in Atlanta in June. Past President Mary Wegner, ASTE President Thérèse Ashton, President Elect Bill Burr, Past President Mark Standley, ASTE member and credit course Instructor Tammy Morris, and ASTE member and past Treasurer Cheryl Bobo were some of our members there. They sent in their impressions of» Learn More

A Look at near-future sci-fi. Disrupting the Institution (DI) Network – Blog Post

There are many voices saying that now is the time for significant change to the “institution” of K-12 education. These voices come from students, parents, teachers, administrators, communities, and corporations. They rarely agree on the best path forward, but all seem to be pointing to ways that we can improve education.   The purpose of» Learn More

Summer Day Dreams

Did you miss our June membership newsletter? Check your in-box and junk folders if you did not receive this. Dear ASTE Member, It’s time to mark your calendar and save-the-date for ASTE 2015. This year we have changed our proposal submission deadlines and registration opening to WAY EARLIER, so you have plenty of time to» Learn More