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ERIC Number: EJ877627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Making Connections--The MeneMAC Online Learning Community
Sueoka, Lynne
Educational Perspectives, v38 n2 p22-26 2005
In 2001, the MeneMAC (Media Arts Communications, dubbed "MeneMAC" in honor of the school mascot, the menehune) Learning Center at Moanalua High School (MoHS), inaugurated its integrated media curriculum for its class of 27 entering freshmen. MeneMAC originated as a media learning center, offering students a chance to explore their interests and develop their skills in media production. As the years progressed, the learning center coordinator, Dan Hale, and MoHS principal, Darrel Galera, realized the potential of media studies to engage learners in the highest level of critical thinking and problem solving, and to offer an authentic context in which to meet and exceed the Hawai'i Content and Performance Standards and General Learner Outcomes. Thus, in fall 2001, the first group of students began their integrated studies program, taking courses in language arts, social studies, and media communications within the learning center. The program has since expanded to include science as part of the integrated core offerings. One of the underlying principles of the learning center is that of the smaller learning community, one in which individual empowerment, authentic learning, and strong personal relationships are nurtured in a learner-centered environment. The MeneMAC learning community went online in fall, 2001, under the name "Media Central" and as part of the MoHS website. Throughout the four years of the program, Media Central has attempted to provide a supportive space for students, which would both reflect and extend the community building of the learning center. The website is organized by subject area and includes highlights of learning center achievements and activities. Student online portfolios are linked here, as are resource materials for their various projects, Word documents for assignments, access to the listserv, email, and the online forums. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii