2015 AISD Digital Innovations; Current as of 2/12/15:

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AISD has an outstanding record for being visionary and implementing innovations.
Creating a Culture of Innovation is very much a part of K12 learning in Metlakatla.
Embracing digital learning, and digital creation tools, as well as their applications
for cultural celebration, expression, and preservation is an outstanding
demonstration of leadership which AISD models for all Alaskan School Districts.

The purpose of this listing of current innovations is to provide in one place the current innovations underway,
to raise awareness and appreciation for local innovators across the community,
as well as to inspire future innovations as offered by AISD’s Innovations Incubator Initiative.

Recommended future innovations are invited and the open invitation with a
growing list is at

AISD has three schools, Elementary, Middle, and High School.
All students have access to either Ipads or laptops,
and Internet speed has been quadrupled to now 40mb for 2014-15.
Most classrooms have Internet access, smartboards and Apple TV.
AISD has subscribed to Google Classroom (digital online tools suite).

The following draft listing of innovations will be reviewed and updated by
AISD staff periodically.

Dec. 17th 2014, Eric Dean’s 5th graders visited the senior center with their iPads
to create Ebooks using the Book Creator app, as a first event to intentionally begin
to preserve elders wisdom, histories and stories for all future generations.

Feb. 10, 2015, Mark Richards created a website for this 5th grade Codeclub
using which is easy to use, and websites can be created, managed, and viewed, via mobile devices with the weebly app. On the Codeclub videos page is a short local video demonstration for a robotic Ipad teleconferencing system is now in use.
More videos at

A Digital Montessori Preschool is under development
with emphasis on a Tsimshian language immersion emphasis.
Video Teleconferencing with a sister community immersion school
In British Columbia will assist exchanging innovations internationally.
Contact AISD staff: Lecia Avey, Jackie Joiner, or David Nelson

The former Governor’s Digital Teaching Initiative Grant:
AISD is one of the selected districts to participate.

The 2013 Digitizing Alaska Pilot project; six days of workshops:

The AISD HS Library Video Teleconferencing System
part of the State Library BTOP OWL grant connecting 97 rural libraries.

A robotic Ipad teleconferencing system is now in use;
Video demonstrations at:

Summer 2014, sixth graders worked with Quadcopters (drones) to be used for
taking airborne video for salmon counts in remote areas, as well as spotting herring schools for local fisherman.
Contact: Jason Pipkin

Middle school and HS students are inventing practical uses for Lego Robotics.
Contact: Jason Pipkin

HS students are learning how robotic submersibles can help with undersea harvests, including Geoducks.

Learn more at:
Contact:HS Principal Taw Lindsey and Science Teacher Jason Pipkin

HS students in the Careers and Technology Digital Design course are learning Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printers, to learn how to manufacture hard-to-find boat parts and almost anything that might be needed.
Contact: Science Teacher Jason Pipkin, and Art Teacher John Hudson

HS students are learning to use a 2D vinyl printer to create window stickers, business signage, and related items, to include native art designs.
Contact: Science Teacher Jason Pipkin, and Art Teacher John Hudson

HS students have pitched new business start-up ideas to the school board and are learning about financial literacy, business basics, as well as emerging new digital entrepreneurship opportunities which allow  “Making the living you want, living wherever you want.”
Contact: Science Teacher Jason Pipkin, and Art Teacher John Hudson

Community Digital Innovations

AASB’s ICE program will host monthly intergenerational events.

Jeannie Lindsey helped facilitate new website innovations via the Digitizing Alaska project Spring 2013;
free community websites created are posted at

Johon Atkinson, director of the Canoe Club, also have a new website inviting donations.

Tia Atkinson and the Alaska Native Girls non-profit have a Facebook page,

Marcella Brendible. She has a 3 great photography websites that are very professional!  ,


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Are there culturally related digital videos from Culture Camp, Harvest Camp, or the Aug. 9th potlatch? Were digital photos or video archived by Jason Weber and Joe Wetzel, Naomi Leask, Gavin Hudson, and others?