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Sumida, Anna Y. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In this article, the author proposes to offer a glimpse into the practical challenges of teaching literacy in a public school setting where students enter classrooms at various stages of reading readiness. The author begins with the case of Kahea, a kindergarten student reading at an emergent literacy level, as an illustration of some of the…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Readiness, Federal Legislation, Hawaiians
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Aiona, Shelli – Educational Perspectives, 2005
On the surface, it appears that it should be quite simple to identify the characteristics of a child who is ready for school and then to assess whether or not any given child has these characteristics. But readiness is a difficult construct and one that has been the topic of great debate. Assessment of readiness is even more challenging. Policies…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Student Characteristics, Evaluation Methods, Learning Readiness
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Brandt, Mary E.; Grace, Donna – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The purpose of this article is to develop, validate, and field test two readiness assessment instruments, "Schools Ready for Children" and "Children Ready for School." The authors first describe the development of the assessment instrument dealing with policies and practices of "ready" schools. The items on this…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Learning Readiness, School Readiness, Program Validation
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Chun, Elisabeth – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The school-readiness of Hawai'i's children and the readiness of Hawai'i's schools for entering kindergarteners has been a topic of considerable thought and action in recent years. Indeed, Hawai'i's citizens have long made young children and their education a high priority. The first steps were taken as early as 1894 when the Samuel N. and Mary…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Formative Evaluation, Change Strategies
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Hitz, Randy – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The importance of the early years in creating a foundation for school and later success is well documented. Children who live in healthy, safe, and stimulating environments in the first five years of their lives are more likely to succeed than children who have more negative experiences. Hawai'i policy makers, like others across the nation, are…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Public Support, Educational Policy
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Grace, Donna J. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Literacy has traditionally been associated with the printed word. But today, print literacy is not enough. Children and youth need to learn to "read" and interpret visual images as well. Film, television, videos, DVDs, computer games, and the Internet all hold a prominent and pervasive place in one's culture. Its presence in people's lives is only…
Descriptors: Critical Viewing, Media Literacy, Student Developed Materials, Video Technology
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Yamashita, Irene – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Video is a powerful tool, and it can be used to motivate student achievement and learning. One of the greatest advantages in getting students to work with digital media is that they can retake and re-edit a project until they are satisfied with it. Students become very occupied in applying what they have learned by producing mini-documentaries,…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Documentaries, Public Service, Video Technology
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Ohta, Ralph – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Parody is a form of imitation with the added elements of comedic twists, turns, and exaggerations. To create a parody of something, one has to understand it before beginning to alter it for humorous effect. Parodies are used by teachers of writing, music, and art as a method of educating and evaluating students' understanding of the styles of the…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Journalism Education, Video Technology, Parody
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Smith, Elizabeth – Educational Perspectives, 2005
By the time children reach middle school, they already have a well-established relationship with the media. Ignoring the significance of media in the lives of adolescents creates a gap between their in-school and out-of-school worlds. Middle school curricula needs to be relevant to students. Therefore, educators should make time to address the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Media Literacy, Instructional Design, Student Developed Materials
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Matsunaga, Kevin – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In this article, the author describes how he got his start in video production as a high school senior in 1987 and his work 11 years after as a technology coordinator at Lehua Elementary School in Pearl City, Hawaii. Two years later he changed positions and became the technology coordinator at a brand new middle school on Kauai--Chiefess…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, High School Seniors, Coordinators, Video Technology
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Sueoka, Lynne – Educational Perspectives, 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…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Social Networks, Web Sites, Critical Thinking
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Gillespie, Patrica – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The author began her career in education as a drama teacher. Although she loved what she was doing, she felt she needed some new challenges. One summer she decided to enroll at the University of California at Berkeley to take a very intense course in film-making. On her return to Hawai'i, she discovered that if she took classes at the University…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Film Production, Production Techniques, High Schools
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Chun, Cynthia Kelley – Educational Perspectives, 2005
As teachers, an important part of planning curriculum is considering the relevance of what they teach their students. The author believes that project-based learning that integrates technology, language arts, and critical media literacy can be a powerful tool for learning. Not only does this kind of work connect students to the curriculum, it also…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Production Techniques, Active Learning, Media Literacy
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Angel, Angela – Educational Perspectives, 2005
'Olelo Community Television has served the O'ahu community for over 16 years. It offers community members training in television production, and it provides access to Oceanic Cable channels 52 through 56--the five cable channels that 'Olelo currently manages. 'Olelo is a non-profit, public, educational and government (PEG) access organization that…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Media Literacy, Educational Opportunities, Educational Television
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Olague, Robert – Educational Perspectives, 2005
This article discusses the Hawai'i Student Film Festival (HSFF) which is more than an annual festival. It also facilitates nine, year-round, student outreach programs that are available to more than 400 public and private schools statewide. Through these programs, HSFF offers a wide array of film and video opportunities and experiences for…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Story Telling, Outreach Programs, Programming (Broadcast)
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