Friday, October 30, 2015

Ewa Makai -- One of America's top INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS 2015

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EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Ewa Makai Middle School is known for using technology to boost learning.

Now, the campus is getting national recognition for using it to promote fitness.

From rock climbing to dance to full on workouts, Ewa Makai students track every movement in physical education on digital tablets.

"We use the iPads to record our videos of us weight training," seventh-grader Marcus Lelauti said.

Added eighth-grader Elizabeth Gritton said, "When you review yourself doing it, you can see your mistakes."

Heart monitors add crucial information to student's profiles.

"So now they are accountable and they can be self-directed on how much they need to exercise and how much is enough," physical education teacher Jan Combs said.

Ewa Makai Principal Edward Oshiro said the school created "Tech PE" in 2012, and has been growing it ever since.

"We put our money where we thought the emphasis should be and we bought a lot of technology," he said.

Start-up costs for the project were $35,000.

Ewa Makai bought iPads and other gadgets with school funds, grants, and donations.

That work paid off.