January 27, 2015

Education Portal

Welcome to the Iditarod Education Portal! 

Get on the Iditarod Trail with us for an educational journey to academic success!  Pack your sled with lessons, projects, activities, and information that will enhance your curriculum.  Take your students on an adventure of a lifetime!  Use the menu on the left to locate information that you need!  Read our 'Welcome Message' to learn more about the Education Portal and use of Iditarod in the classroom!

Events for Educators!

2015 Winter Conference for Educators!  March 3 - 6, 2015 -  Anchorage, AK 

2015 Summer Camp for Teachers! June 20 - 29, 2015 - Willow and Wasilla, AK

2015 Events Held in the Lower 48

Follow the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Image by Terrie HankeMeet Erin Montgomery, the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Erin is a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher and coaches 7th grade volleyball, 8th grade basketball, and varsity tennis. in Camanche, Iowa.  During the next several months, Erin will be hosting a website sharing curriculum applicable to all grade levels.  Once the 2015 Iditarod begins, Erin will be reporting from the Iditarod Trail as she travels traveling along the race route in small plane. Follow Erin at this link.

View an interview with Blynne filmed by the Insider video crew.  Blynne was our 2012 Teacher.


Iditarod Insider - Video and GPS Tracker! 

Subscribe or Renew TODAY!

ATTENTION TEACHERS:  Insider Video and/ GPS Tracker are subscription based technology tools to enhance your Iditarod Unit of study.   The fastest way to renew your current subscription or become a new subscriber is by doing so on line.  Visit the link.  Choose classroom or school wide, depending on the needs of your school.

A classroom subscription is for one teacher and that teacher's students.  The subscription can be used on one computer or the number of computers that there are for that teacher and that teacher's students.  (25 -30 computers)  Purchase JUST video or JUST GPS Tracker for $39.95 or both video and GPS Tracker for $67.95.  One user name and password allows Insider use for the teacher and teacher's students.

A school subscription allows all students and staff in one building to access Insider using one password and one user name.  The price is $99.95 for just video or just GPS Tracker or $169.95 for both video and tracker.  One user name and password allows everyone in the school easy access to Insider!

 *An Individual subscription is not licensed for use in schools.  You must purchase either a classroom or a school wide subscription account to show or use these resources with your students.  **  All subscriptions expire the end of June regardless of purchase date and are valid for one Iditarod season.  Subscriptions can be renewed starting July 1.

PURCHASE ORDERS:  If you are subscribing or renewing an Iditarod Insider subscription and you are unable to purchase using a credit card on line,  please click here for information on subscribing using a purchase order.  Please note, using a purchase order takes time to process, so begin this process long before the start of the race to make sure you do not miss a moment of the race.  Whereas a subscription activated online takes moments, a purchase order may delay the process for several weeks.

Recent Posts

90 Years Ago Today – Jan. 21st

Ninety years ago today, seven year old Bessie Stanley was diagnosed with and died from diphtheria in Nome. Dr. Welch and the mayor called a Town Council meeting and established a quarantine.  Dr. Welch estimated he would need a million doses of serum to protect the town.   The 2005 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail …

90 Years Ago Today…

Ninety years ago today, January 20th, the radio call went out: Nome calling…Nome calling… We have an outbreak of diphtheria… No serum… Urgently need help… Nome calling…Nome calling For many people, the Iditarod Sled Dog Race has come to commemorate the 1925 Serum Run.  While commemorating the Serum Run was never Joe Redington, Sr.’s main …

Iditarod at Your Fingertips

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Iditarod 2015 begins March 7 with the Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage, followed by the Official Start on Sunday, March 8. Get yourself and your students ready to drive your team down the trail. Erin Montgomery, 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, has trivia posts, checkpoint posts, and lesson …

Before Your Winter Break, Start Your January Plans Here

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant It’s December, you’re sliding down the last days to your winter break, but you need to check the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail website to kick off January 2015 for your classes. Erin Montgomery, the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, has been posting all school year. In the Checkpoint …

Aisling’s Quest and a Goal for Students

Having a big dream and the courage to work hard to accomplish that dream is something we all want for our students.  It’s wonderful when we can share real life examples of kids who have done what we want our own students to do, and the true story Eye on Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest provides just that …

Giving a Hero His Due

Dog Diaries #4: Togo by Kate Klimo is a fantastic story of Togo who, according to many historians, should get the most credit for the success of the 1925 Serum Run into Nome.  Balto was the lead dog who carried the serum into town, but Togo was the lead for the longest leg of the relay, almost …

Contests for Classrooms

The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it and your students can join the volunteer team as an “Official Classroom”   Enter the Table Centerpiece Contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured on the …

Checking in with Mr. Walters

Each year, the teachers who participate in the Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers are offered a special chance to get involved in the upcoming race in a unique way… adopting a rookie musher! Partnerships between teachers and rookies are set up at the Sign-Up Picnic, contact information is exchanged, and plans our made! This year, …

Why Wait Until Winter? Baltimore Iditarod Workshop Announced!

Why wait until winter to jump on the sled and start using the Iditarod in your classroom? Jump on the sled this fall and join us at the Baltimore Iditarod Workshop for Educators! Saturday, November 15th 9am to 5pm and Sunday, November 16th 9am to noon   Join other local Iditarod educators for a fun-filled …

About the Education Department and Contact Information

Contact the Iditarod Education Department by sending an email to Diane Johnson, Iditarod Education Director.  Diane Johnson, Director of Iditarod Education 1412 S. Melgaard Road Aberdeen, SD 57401 djohnson@iditarod.com  605. 290  3423  On this website page you’ll find everything from our Mission Statement, to stats, to information about teacher training,  to ready made presentations about …