Thursday, August 19, 2004

To Hilo

It's been a busy month and it's not over yet...

Tomorrow is a state holiday -- Yeah!

I'm off to Hilo on Monday where K. and I will be hosting an ALOHA meeting Monday morning and then working in the IfA Hilo Library on Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday.

Mom is joining me in Hilo Tuesday nite to assist in my search for housing on Wednesday and Thursday. If you know of a place to rent in Hilo, please let me know!

Sometime next week I will be having a phone interview with the University of Hawaii at Hilo Edwin H. Mookini Library for a Librarian position that I'm really excited about.

Friday nite the 27th K. and I are hosting an SLA event at IfA Manoa.

Saturday nite, N. and S. and I are going to try to get into The Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki.

Tuesday the 31st is my last day at IfA Manoa.

In the meantime, I continue to pack my books. I'm only on box 8, so obviously, I've got quite a ways to go...

Laptops in Classrooms

This topic is alternately depressing and infuriating. It's easy for me to get really worked up and fuming and I have to consciously take deep breaths to settle myself.


I agree that technology has done some good things and has some great possibilities, especially for long-distance learning. But the Internet should be only a complement to, not a substitute for, textbooks.

Here's the most depressing excerpt from the latest mistake:

“Next August, Tucson's Vail Unified School District will open a new high school without textbooks. Each of the 250 to 300 freshmen and sophomores will be handed a laptop computer instead.

"If we can rely on almost limitless information available on the Internet, why do we need a textbook?" Vail Superintendent Calvin Baker said.”

Fortunately, the NYT has published a cautionary tale about laptops in the classroom. As always, the answer lies in dedicated, creative teachers...

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Astronomy in Hawaii

Honolulu Advertiser article about the benefits of Hawaii's location and weather conditions to the study of astronomy, and also about the benefits that the astronomical community provides to this state.