August 3, 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!

2016 Winter Conference for Educators!  March 1 - 4, 2016 -  Anchorage, AK 

2016 Summer Camp for Teachers! June 18 - 27 , 2016 - Willow and Wasilla, AK

2015 - 2016 Events Held in the Lower 48

Follow the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

IMG_3716Meet Laura Wright, the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Laura is from Austin, Texas.  During the next several months, Laura will be hosting a website sharing curriculum applicable to all grade levels.  Once the 2016 Iditarod begins, Laura will be reporting from the Iditarod Trail as she travels in a small plane visiting checkpoints along the race route.  Follow Laura at this link.

View an interview with the 2012 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Blynne Froke.

View an Interview with the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, Laura Wright.

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 a classroom or school wide account, 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 of each year. 

PURCHASE ORDERS:  If you are subscribing or renewing an Iditarod Insider subscription and you are unable to purchase using a credit card online,  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. A Whereas a subscription activated online takes moments, a purchase order may delay the process for several weeks.

Recent News and Information!

Welcome to the Education Portal!

We’re heading out on the trail to help you lead your students to academic success!  We want you and your students to join us for the Last Great Teaching Race! This section of Iditarod’s website provides educators and families with the tools needed to develop the best practices of teaching and learning to guide students …


2016 Winter Conference for Educators – March 1,2, 3,and 4 – Anchorage

2016 Winter Registration Materials. Coming Soon!  *Please note: Scroll down this page and view information you need to know about attending the conference.  We’ve lots of tips for you to help you plan your trip! 2016 Winter Conference for Educators! “Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them” *Registration Materials  Questions?  Need more information?  …


2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Laura Wright, Austin , Texas

Third grade educator, Laura Wright has been selected as the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™  . Laura teachers at Eanes Elementary School. She incorporates Iditarod themed lessons into all areas of her curriculum including math, art, and science, with a strong technology piece that allows students to share their learning. Laura applied to be …


Three Educators Vie for 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

 Although they weren’t racing a team of sled dogs during the race, Mary Lynn Roush, Laura Wright, and Lisa Wiley were ‘in the lead’ as the three Finalists for the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.   Mary Lynn, Laura, and Lisa were team members and associates during a week long selection process that involved interviews, …


The Alaska Flag

by Martha Dobson While waiting for mushers to arrive, the flags of our country and of Alaska waved over Front Street in Nome. Flags are a symbol of countries and states, and their designs have special meanings to those countries or states. Research the meaning of the components of each flag pictured. Alaska’s flag design …


Rookies and Veterans

by Martha Dobson Define rookie. Define veteran. Brainstorm different uses of the word rookie and veteran. Who would be defined as a rookie in any sport or activity? What would change a person’s status from rookie to a veteran? Based on your answers to these questions, explain the difference between a rookie veterinarian and a …


Tanana and Iditarod 2015

Edgar Nollner and Josephine Roberts. Father and daughter. Volunteers working in Tanana were thrilled to meet Josephine, now 93, who was a 3 year old when her father, Edgar, ran one of the relay legs of the 1925 Serum Run to deliver diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, combating the epidemic there. The first major public health …


Pilot Bread, Salmon, and Raking Straw

by Martha Dobson   Pilot Bread, a name Alaskans are familiar with, is a name that folks Outside the 49th state have rarely heard. It’s similar to hardtack, the kind of bread sailors long ago carried on ships. Pilot Bread has a long shelf life and it stands up to packing and traveling. Ninety-eight percent of …


Iditarod Insider Classroom Teaching Suggestions Part 4

Insider Video Clips As Insider clips are posted, classroom applications related to specific video clips will be offered. Clips are listed as date, time, and title so you can easily find them. View the clips and consider the lesson or activity prior to sharing them with your class. Keep checking for more and current classroom …


Iditarod Insider Classroom Teaching Suggestions Part 3

Insider Video Clips As Insider clips are posted, classroom applications related to specific video clips will be offered. Clips are listed as date, time, and title so you can easily find them. View the clips and consider the lesson or activity prior to sharing them with your class. Keep checking for more and current classroom …