Welcome to Aleutian EdTech. I am Luke Meinert and I’m entering my second year as the Director of Technology for the Aleutians East Borough School District (AEBSD) in Alaska. Our district has approximately 350 students, in six schools, that are only accessible by air or boat. We use video conferencing technology (Tandberg/Lifesize) extensively for distance learning, digital field trips (CILC), meetings, inservices, professional development opportunities, sporting events, and academic competitions. Our district is participating in a 1:1 laptop initiative that provides 7-12th grade students with Macbooks. In the coming year we are rolling out iPad carts in our elementary schools to achieve a 1:1 computing ratio at those grade levels. Over the summer AEBSD is transitioning email services to Google Apps to take advantage of the baked in educational tools Google offers. I originally wanted to use our AEBSD domain for a Blogger blog for this course, but the transition is still in process. Lastly, Moodle is used extensively throughout the district for distance delivery and blended coursework.
I’m also a graduate student at Boise State University in the EDTECH Department. I am excited to participate in EDTECH 597~Blogging in the Classroom. While I have used blogs in the past as a reflective exercise I have been hesitant to jump in and fully commit myself to a blog for a wider audience. So here we go….