School districts across Alaska are using more distance learning to help protect the health and safety of students and educators during the current health crisis. This means more internet access will be required to access school resources, and that can be hard for families in need with limited or no internet access. To support school from home and the educational needs of students in the Anchorage School District (ASD), GCI has developed a way for ASD students in need to access educational content online, from the safety of their own homes.
For the 2020/2021 school year, students in need will have access to school-district approved educational content on the internet. Through this unique program, ASD will determine eligibility and will be the main point of contact for families requesting internet connectivity for learning. In support, GCI will program and distribute equipment for the service.
In most cases, families will be able to install the device on their own without assistance from a GCI technician. Families who require support during the set up process should call 1-800-800-4800 for more information or can visit the GCI support page here.
Academic-focused internet is intended to ensure students can access the online resources to support education and virtual classes. It does not provide access to entertainment-based content or sites. Accessible sites include, but are not limited to, Khan Academy, the Alaska Statewide Library Electronic Doorway, Institute for Excellence in Writing, and BrainPOP Math. For a complete list of accessible online resources visit https://www.asdk12.org/Page/15109.
To help support students and teachers this school year, GCI is offering one free month of internet service plus a free Wifi modem to connect your home. Visit https://www.gci.com/offers/one-month-free-internet for more information or call 1-800-800-4800 to sign up. GCI is also offering one free month of wireless service.