On-going Collaborative Education Projects in Hawaii

HERN a National Science Foundation Grant

In October 1994 the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the award of a grant of $2.1 million to the University of Hawaii to fund the Hawaii Education & Research Network (HERN). This ongoing research project is designed to explore the implementation and use of high speed networking to reform educational practices at multiple levels in Hawaii. During the duration of the grant HERN will research the use of network technology to facilitate and support educational reform. In particular, the project will develop models for collaborative curriculum development and delivery across multiple levels of education, from K-12 through community college.

Ethernet over CATV Pilot

Oceanic Cable is playing a key role in interconnecting the vast majority of Oahu's public schools with a hybrid two-way communication system which includes the use of fiber optics, coax cable and high speed cable modems. In a collaborative effort, Oceanic Communications (a Time Warner Company), the State Department of Education and the Hawaii Education and Research Network (HERN) are involved in an on-going pilot with approximately fifty teachers and HERN participants. During the pilot these educators will have access via a high-speed cable modem from their homes. This collaboration provides valuable information which will assist with both HERN's research agenda and Oceanic's plan to be a provider of high speed, broadband links to all schools, home and business computers throughout its franchise area.

DOE's Electronic School

During the Spring of 1996 the Hawaii State Department of Education implemented a major initiative known as the Electronic School. The Electronic School (eschool) project supports the DOE's Success Compact and literacy efforts by providing direct services to students, teachers and administrators using technology and the State's telecommunication infrastructure. This pilot school was rewarded in the Fall of 1996 with a $4.7 million dollar "Challenge Grant for Technology in Education" from the U.S. Department of Education. Today (Fall 1997) the eschool offers 12 classes designed for secondary students to view at home in the late afternoon or early evening hours. Each class is offered for 1/2 credit (elective).

T3 - Telecom & Technology for Teachers

The T3 program is a joint effort of the Office of Information and Telecommunication Services, Office of Personnel Services, Distance Learning Technology, Hawaii Interactive Television and GTE Hawaiian Tel. The purpose of the program is to foster the understanding and use of technology by preparing in-service DOE teachers for technology leadership positions in their schools. Each year when the course is offered the selected participants whom are nominated by their respective Principal, earn fifteen (15) in-service "B" credits. Participants of the program report to a Hawaii Instructional Television Studio (HITS) site on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7:00-9:45 PM. Principals and participants are also expected to participate in the Annual Pacific Telecommunications Conference (PTC) held in January, seven district/school visitations, and additional on-site activities which provide valuable opportunities and experiences.

Interactive Television

The University of Hawaii and Department of Education have cooperated for a number of years in all aspects of interactive television in Hawaii. The University assisted with the initial development and production of all DOE programming before DOE facilities became available in 1993. The University continues to provide facilities such as its studios, satellite uplink and downlink, and technical assistance for special DOE programs such as the interactive programs with the Space Shuttle and NASA scientists in Antarctica. Channel and facilities scheduling for the HITS systems and Educational access channels are achieved through close UH/DOE cooperation.

Digital Media Center

The Digital Media Center (DMC) is a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii and the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC). This resource was established in 1993 to encourage the development of new media applications for education and business and was instrumental in the development of the Hawaii Research and Technology website. During 1997 the facility relocated from the Manoa Innovation Center to the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus. Today the DMC provides training and hands-on experience for educators to further their knowledge of multimedia related education.

If you are looking for resources on a broader scale you should visit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Site.

If you are now up to your ears in educational resouces you can enjoy some well deserved R&R by virtually visiting Hawaii.

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