Spring 2012 - Department | School in Focus
School In Focus
One to One iPad Project
Gabi Ah Mook Sang ’20 and Olivia Fasi ’20 use their iPads to research a school project.
‘Iolani’s One to One iPad Project was launched in January as the school’s 66 fourth graders each received an iPad for engaged learning during the remainder of the school year.
Dean of Lower School Gerald Teramae, Debbie Yoshino of the school’s instructional technology department, and other teachers held a meeting for fourth grade parents on January 11 to explain the One to One iPad initiative.
Cole Ichikawa ’20, Lima Harbottle ’20 and Sage Kanemaru ’20 collaborate in class.
Students learned how to use the iPad tutorial, while both students and their parents heard information about keeping safe in cyberspace and signed an Internet Safety Pledge.
How have students reacted to the project?
Max Miyashiro ’20 delights in the wonders of technology.
The most commonly used adjective by fourth graders when asked to describe how an iPad enhances learning and studying: “Awesome.”
Tsinghua and ‘Iolani Exchange Program BeginsThrough a newly established educational partnership between ‘Iolani and the High School Attached to Tsinghua University, 15 students from China attended ‘Iolani for a week in February while ‘Iolani students traveled to Beijing to study at Tsinghua during spring break. The mission of the program is to help prepare students for global citizenship by enhancing learning about different cultures and international relations.
Last year, Headmaster Dr. Val Iwashita established a sister-school relationship with Tsinghua. Among other aspects of the relationship, Tsinghua’s girls and boys basketball teams came to Honolulu this past fall to participate in the ‘Iolani Prep Classic against some of the best teams in the United States.
Mahalo to the 16 ‘Iolani students (from eighth to eleventh grades) and teachers Rebecca Lin, Tracy Feng, Kam Monaco ’87 and Dean of Students Tate Brown ’86, who hosted the visitors.
The Economist as Sleuth and Novelist
Dr. Ken Elzing, served as the 2012 ‘Iolani School Economics Chair Holder, visiting and teaching classes.
Thank You to KA‘I and ‘Ms. Allison’Fredrick Au, an eighth grader at Jarrett Intermediate who entered ‘Iolani’s summer KA‘I program two years ago, was the March winner of the “Thank You… Very Much” Award.
He wrote a winning letter to ‘Iolani community service coordinator Allison Ishii ’02. Ishii is the director of the KA‘I program (Kukulu Alaka‘i ‘Iolani or the Creation of Leaders) which is a partnership between ‘Iolani and Jarrett Intermediate in which Jarrett students enroll at ‘Iolani during the summer. The award was presented to Au at Jarrett Intermediate in front of his classmates.
Jarrett teacher Angela Atkins, ‘Iolani Community Service Coordinator Allison Ishii ’02, Fredick Akau, and Scott Williams, president of Lex Brodie Tire, Brake and Service Company.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
‘Iolani’s peformance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat illuminated the stage at Hawai‘i Theatre. See more photos »
Quincy Brown ’14 as Reuben See more photos »
Directed by theater teacher Rob Duval with musical direction by band director Manny Dayao ’97, vocal direction by choral teacher John Alexander and choreography by dance teacher Katherine Jones ’93, the show featured a talented cast of nearly 60 students including Austyn Lee as Joseph, Scott Tan ’12 as Jacob and Summer Scott ’13 and Brooke Alcuran ’14 as narrators.
Let’s Talk College
At the College Panel were, top row, Director of Alumni Relations Kira Tamashiro ’05, Robert Tamai ’09, Ashley Yee ’11, Reyn Ono ’10, Director of College Counseling Todd Fleming; bottom row, Michelle Morioka ’08, Cassie Tarleton ’11, Matthew Tom ’11 and Elisa Nirei ’08.
Beijing Educators Visit Mandarin Class
The principal of Beijing No. 19 High School in China and his colleagues observed an ‘Iolani Mandarin class.