Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Voice Threads in the social studies classroom

I've used voice threads in my language arts class, but how did it work in other classes, and how was it better once we actually paid the $1/child for their own account?

This is an example from Mele's Hawaiian studies class. The students were doing research on Princess Pauahi and what she did for her people, then they drew a picture for their slide and wrote a script.

Positives: the students were able to continue recording until they were satisfied. They took to the technology quickly. They were able to get comments from their parents, so there was a connection between school and home.

Things we still need to work on: I continue to say this, and I'm going to say this again: technology is just a tool. Good literacy instruction is the foundation for all projects, so teachers need to check the writing first. I think Mele had to go back after some were recorded because their information was wrong. We're working on fixing that - check everything first. Second, the students needed to take more time for their artwork. Can you tell they're 6th graders. I think it has to do with how much time to give them. Maybe bring the art teacher into it. Last, technical support takes up a lot of time, despite paying. Our laptops run slow on wireless after lunch, and so it doesn't record right away.

Next project: demonstration math problems for algebra and pre-algebra. Hopefully, I'll up my learning.

Ceded Lands Vigil 2/25/09

Message from Vicky Holt Takamine

Aloha Kakou,
'Ilio'ulaokalani Coalition is gathering at the State Capitol Rotunda at 4 am. (I know most of you are not doing anything at that hour)
We encourage all native Hawaiians and supporters of protecting our ceded lands from being sold and/transferred to join us.

We will be sharing our pule, drumming and chanting every hour on the hour from 5 am to 4 pm. At 5 am Honolulu time, the US Supreme Court will be hearing the case brought by Gov. Lingle who is seeking the right to sell our ancestral lands. We need to send our pule to give strength and mana to those that are representing us.

Please bring your pahu, pu kani and/or pu 'ohe to assist in the calling of our people.
Bring your 'ohana, haumana and hoaloha.
Bring your own water, mea 'ai (food), chairs, hali'i (mats) for resting in between.
Kumu hula will be sharing/teaching oli between sessions so you can lend your mana and voices to this effort.

We encouarge you to visit your state legislators in between protocols to encourage them to support bills calling for a moratorium on the sale and transfer of ceded lands. Write and submit your testimony.
Talk story with our kupuna and find out more about these issues.

If you are on the neighbor island or on the continent, gather your own 'ohana and join us in spirit.

If you have any questions, can kokua in any way or need more information please call Kaho'onei at 224-8068 or Vicky at 754-2301
And feel free to pass this information on to those you may know that should be participating.

Mahalo nui loa!
Vicky Holt Takamine
Kumu Hula, Pua Ali'i 'Ilima
'Ilio'ulaokalani Coalition

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Free Online read of Walter Dean Myer's Dope Sick

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Lehua Writing Project Summer Institute

The Lehua Writing Project is a new site sponsored by the National Writing Project and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

For our first summer, we are offering the summer writing institute geared for educators teaching at the pre-13 level. Teachers will study successful classroom strategies for teaching writing, read and discuss research, and improve their knowledge of writing by writing themselves. Most importantly, like all national writing project courses, the strength of the program is in the ability of teachers to teach and learn from each other.

The summer institute is a 3 graduate level course with tuition covered by grants. The course runs for 3 weeks, June 15 - July 2, 2009; 8:30 am - 4 pm in the lush Hamakua coast community of Honoka'a. The location is ideally centered on the big island. Scholarship and travel stipends are available, and if you are traveling to our island and are in need of accomodations assistance, please contact us.

For more information and for an application, or a copy of the summer flyer to pass along, please email me (cathyi@hawaii.edu) or call (808)982-0464.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Web 2.0 Workshop on Oahu

If you're in Honolulu on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, Classroom 2.0 will hold a Live Workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the St Louis/Chaminade campus. It's a free and fun two-day workshop with an opportunity to gather with other educators and learn about Web 2.0 and classroom practices. In particular, this workshop is to help educators just learning about the "participative" Web to do so in a friendly and hands-on environment. It's also a great gathering place for the community of educators looking at Web 2.0. Find more information on this event at http://www.classroom20.com/events/cr-20-live-workshop-oahu.