The Kaʻimi loa o ka hihi Project (Questing the Web)
Kaʻimi loa o ka hihi Project’s (Kahihi) goal is to inspire ALL students to see richer thematic and cultural relationships, contribute to the real world of learning, and reflect on their own metacognitive processes.
Kahihi is meeting this challenge by developing and field-testing a minimum of 60-80 high-quality, standards-based, culturally connected, 4th-7th grade mathematical (math) and science WebQuests (WQs)
WebQuests have been shown to improve students’ math and science proficiency by increasing skills in critical thinking and problem-solving through integration of technology in existing classroom math and science curriculum.
WebQuests linked to Hawai’i DOE math and science standards and schools’ math and science curriculum will utilize research-based instructional strategies, and feature the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and embed many strategies used in Differentiated Instruction (DI) to effectively engage all learners.
Kahihi’s math and science WQs will focus on knowledge acquisition and integration (e.g., increase proficiency in solving math word problems by learning how to deconstruct and reconstruct responses – learn to think) while connecting real-life problems and mathematics.
Kahihi’s WQs promote analysis and transformation of newly acquired information into more sophisticated understanding (think to learn).