In the Hawaiian language, the word imua means “onward” — and that’s the spirit behind the iMua Cafe, a monthly edtech meetup hosted by TED-Ed Innovative Educator Alan Tamayose. (Check out his TED-Ed Lesson on Polynesian wayfinders here!) Below, find out how Alan is helping the students at Kamehameha Schools to move onward in collaboration with local community members.
Community engagement is important for schools. By creating avenues for students to participate in community events, schools can connect students to local resources and provide real-world learning experiences.
Alan wanted to connect students to community resources and people. His goals were to provide students with real-world learning experiences and to amplify student voices by bringing school activities and events to local spaces. ”I chose student clubs as the vehicle to accomplish this,” he says. For example, one afternoon the school Lifesavers Club held a CPR demonstration and training at the island mall. On another occasion, the school Entrepreneurship Club participated in a night market at SALT (a community venue), which then led to a successful TED-Ed Clubs event at the same venue. “Successful events from this project have spawned new opportunities and expanded partnerships,” says Alan. “More students are interested, and we are beginning to reach out to other potential partnerships (specifically in the startup community.)”
Below, read Alan’s tips on connecting students to local community resources:
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