September 18, 2014
District launches iBook about Anchorage
Book is part of second-grade curriculum that includes lessons about the municipality and its history
"Picturing Anchorage," the unique, second-grade reader developed by ASD educators is now available as an iBook.
The book was added to the district's curriculum last year as a hardcover textbook. The textbook effort, led by Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Pamela Orme and Ravenwood Elementary School Principal Clare Gauster, was initiated because of a grant provided by the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The book incorporates ASD's Social and Emotional Learning and culturally responsive schools standards.
"The iBook is one more tool in our teachers' tool box to engage and educate our youth. Social studies is vital as it helps prepare citizens," said Orme. "The community provided many additional pictures, videos and resources which enhanced our book."
According to national textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin, "Picturing Anchorage" was the first social studies textbook in the United States to have the Common Core State Standards embedded.
Late last school year, the book was translated into Spanish, Russian, Yup'ik, Japanese and German.
This summer, the Social Studies department and Educational Technology's Sarah Petersen created a digital version to enhance the reader's experience of the book. Beginnings today, it is available as an iBook.
The electronic version of the book, free to teachers on school devices, contains additional photos, videos, notes and a glossary of vocabulary words.
The iBook is available for purchase by the public or parents who would like to supplement their child's studies. It may be purchased for $9.99 directly through this iTunes Store link.
NOTE: See a brief video showcasing some of the iBook highlights on ASD's YouTube page at www.youtube.com/anchoragesd