With the uBoost program, our students have an incentive to achieve to their highest potential because they're rewarded for their progress and effort toward mastery. We're off to a great start.
Honolulu (PRWEB) October 27, 2008
At Hawaii Technology Academy, a new K-10 public charter school in Waipahu, the 250 students are learning in an innovative way, and enthusiasm to succeed is high. With a curriculum provided by K¹² Inc. that is tailored to each student's needs and accessed via both the K¹² Inc. Online School and more traditional methods, students are learning at home, under the supervision of parents or other responsible adults. In addition, every week the students spend time at the Hawaii Technology Academy learning center receiving face-to-face instruction and direct intervention based on their individual needs.
Recognizing that keeping students motivated is critical to academic success, the academy turned to uBoost, the student recognition and rewards solution, designed to enhance how schools inspire and motivate students. With uBoost, students are rewarded immediately for their progress, earning points they can redeem for prizes or turn into donations to charities of their choice.
"I am very proud to be a part of our new 'hybrid' school, where we're combining online learning with instruction in our learning center," said Jeff Piontek, director of Hawaii Technology Academy. "With the uBoost program, our students have an incentive to achieve to their highest potential because they're rewarded for their progress and effort toward mastery. We're off to a great start."
uBoost works across age groups, curricula, achievement levels and reward offerings, motivating students to achieve academic success while building a partnership between students, teachers and parents that is fundamental to educational development, growth and success.
Students may choose from uBoost's continually updated online catalog, offering thousands of options "all the way up to an iPod 'Shuffle,'" said Piontek. Popular incentives are gift certificates and buy-one-get-one-free coupons from area businesses. "Our kids are really excited about the program, and their parents are, too," he said.
Piontek has been impressed with the number of students redeeming their points to benefit causes they support. "They're turning their points into donations to save the rainforest, fight poverty, help needy kids, combat climate change and care for animals. They are seeing their civic responsibility and becoming responsible for their own futures," he said.
uBoost Founder John Bower commented, "Hawaii Technology Academy exemplifies the way creative educators are combining quality instruction, technology and rewards and recognition to motivate students to achieve their potential. The school's students are building skills for success in the 21st century and, in many instances, learning how they can change the world in positive ways by donating their awards to charities."
With a waiting list of 200 students, and two more grade levels to be added next year, the future looks bright for the Hawaii Technology Academy, which serves a diverse population, including approximately one-third native Hawaiian and approximately 20 percent from military families. The academy is filling a void by offering courses such as third-year Chinese and advanced placement courses, "which aren't widely available across the state," said Piontek.
"We're making sure our students are doing what they're supposed to be doing, and we are rewarding them for their progress," he said. "We're engaging them, and they're pushing themselves. I think we'll see the very positive impact that has on learning."
About Hawaii Technology Academy
Supported by a local Hawaii grassroots community, the Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA) combines the accountability of public schooling with the highest quality distance-learning curriculum available to provide an innovative, highly effective education for Hawaii students. HTA is a state-approved, public school program. The curriculum is provided by K¹² and accessed via both the K¹² Online School (OLS), and more traditional methods. The mission of the Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA) is to utilize research-based technology applications and meaningful teacher/student/parent involvement to provide an innovative hybrid model of public charter school education adapted to the needs of elementary, middle and high school students who reside in Hawaii. For more information, go to http://www.hawaiitechnologyacademy.org.
uBoost's mission is to inspire students to perform at their highest academic level by surrounding them with motivational elements that foster interaction with and recognition from teachers, tutors, parents and peers. uBoost's core concepts originate from It's All About Kids, LLC, a tutoring company that demonstrated the ways that rewards and recognition programs can improve student attendance, retention and achievement. uBoost appreciates that students are unique - that they learn differently and that intrinsic motivation varies across subject areas. uBoost's rewards platform empowers students by recognizing their individual academic achievements through a point system and allowing them to choose from more than 100,000 prizes, including merchandise, gift cards, digital assets, contributions to charitable organizations and special offers. For more information, go to http://www.uboost.com.