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A Computer For Every Student

“One-to-one programs” are popular in private schools, and the governor wants them in all the public schools, but the jury is still out on their effectiveness

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Flipping the Classroom

No more sleep-inducing lectures and pages of review exercises for homework. Instead, imagine students watching short video lectures for homework and going into class ready for hands-on activities and projects that reinforce concepts already learned.

Welcome to the “flipped” classroom. What makes it possible is one-to-one programs that ensure all students have access to a computer outside of class, along with Internet access, whether at home, school or a cafe.

This classroom model has grown in popularity over the past half-decade. Students watch short video lectures or narrated slideshows outside of class at their own pace, freeing classroom time for practical applications and review. Students are more accountable for their own learning and the teacher-student relationship is transformed from lecturer-listener to collaborators.

Flipped classrooms are happening in many local private schools and some public schools, although challenges arise with students who do not have their own computers, or lack easy Internet access outside of school.

“Some of our teachers are flipping the classrooms now,” says Amy Kimura, assistant principal at the high school of Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama Campus. “They put out information ahead of time so when students go to class, they’re not going to spend time in a lecture, but they’ll do projects and other activities.”

Lorelei Saito, social studies teacher at Punahou’s Case Middle School, says flipping the classroom helps her pinpoint what students understand and what they struggle with.

“(Students) view the lecture at home and then I have them do an online check for understanding,” she says. “... If I see that they’ve got it, I can move right on to the hands-on activity.”

Flipped classrooms change what students and parents perceive as homework and class time, which can take some getting used to. But this kind of self-paced learning, in which students can pause, rewind or fast-forward through lectures, has benefited those who can’t keep up during in-class lectures and motivated smart students who found the lecture pace too slow.

Saito adds that flipping the classroom gives her more time to interact with students, supporting them individually and as a class. “Before, my attitude was, ‘Oh, I only have an hour with them.’ Now, it’s ‘Wow, I have an hour with them!’ ”

– Marcie Kagawa


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Nov 2, 2012 04:55 am
 Posted by  miriam

There is a great website for apps,, which specialises in educational apps for young kids, parents, students and teachers. It is the one I always use when I want to find an educational app, and also the main store for my friends to buy good apps for their kids.

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Mar 11, 2013 07:09 pm
 Posted by  Mel

It's a great idea to supply every student in the State of Hawaii a Laptop Computer or a Tablet. Will the state also provide internet connections for these stuents when they take hope these
computers or tablets home.

Will these Computers and Tablets have the capabilities to playing games, downloading music, playing music, going on Face Book, other scocial networks, email, etc.?

Students without personal computers now will then be able to do all the above things. Will it help or hurt?


Mar 11, 2013 07:21 pm
 Posted by  Mel

If all public schools are issued a Laptop Computer/Tablet, what happens if the student lost, broke, or sold the item and refused to pay fore it. Who would be held accountable? The student, the parents of the students (both refusing to pay for the item), or the teacher.

With mentality of Governor Abercrombie who wants to hold the teachers accountable for student learning, it would be very easy for him to hold the teachers accountable for the computers/tablets.

Mar 11, 2013 07:29 pm
 Posted by  Mel

How can teachers who have little or no control over students be held responsible for their learning?

There are students who don't come to school at all, some with sporatic attendance and some who come to class but refuses to do work or turn work in. Calling parents can be frustrating -- they will tell you they have no control over their children and their children will not listen to them.

Explain now. How can teachers be held accountable for students like this?

Mar 11, 2013 07:46 pm
 Posted by  Mel

How to have a more effective public school system -- "Invest In Your Child's Education".

Collect $200 and up to a maximum of $10,000. Run the school like
private schools. Monies invested is returned to the parents w/interest if the student passes all classes with a "C" or better at the end of the academic year.

Parents will get back their original investment w/out interest if the child is withdrawn from school in good academic standards.

No refund if student is expelled for academic or ..

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