CATI and Technology Support to Education
In 1992, CATI underwent a review out of
which has emerged a redefining of its core services, the development
of new products, and an integrated education support services group
which is responsive to the changing needs of the educational
community. This ideally positions CATI to help facilitate the new
initiatives outlined by Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) State
Superintendent Dr. Paul LeMahieu to encourage the adoption of the new
technologies for supporting teaching and learning at the K-12 public
school system, as well as assisting the Hawaii Association of
Independent Schools (HAIS), the community colleges, the University of
Hawaii, and other educational organizations in Hawaii and the South
The need for Hawaii’s educational
institutions to be innovative, competitive, and world-class in
their approaches to the adoption of new technologies in the classroom
is growing at an unprecedented pace. The new technologies allow few
barriers to entry and create many new opportunities and choices in how
information is delivered and received. In the video, audio, and
graphic industries, this development has also created great change.
There has been a convergence of skills, the integrating of products,
and a blurring of categories.
Simply stated, there are not enough
teachers, technology support staff, or allocated funds to provide
adequate technology support in Hawaii.
All recent studies addressing Hawaii’s current and planned
efforts have graded our educational system as a low “C” at best,
and more often “D” and “F”.
This situation is not the result of bad teaching: it is instead
the result of our accelerating technologies and their impact on
students, parents, and educators.
According to California Senator Dianne
Feinstein, “It is extremely important that teachers learn to use
technology effectively as a teaching tool.
Technology will strengthen instruction and learning and better
prepare students for the increasingly technological workplace. Thanks
to efforts in recent years to bring technology to the classroom, there
is now a national student-to-computer ratio of 10 to 1 and
78 percent of our nation's schools have access to the Internet.
Unfortunately, these numbers are meaningless unless the teachers are
trained to use the equipment at their disposal.”
What Can We Do?
CATI’s Computers for Kids Program (CFK)
has transferred donations of thousands of computers to K-12 schools
statewide, but cannot address either the physical infrastructure or
the technology support problems.
Dr. Goldstein has been working with the DOE to provide
recommendations on how to implement a more effective technology
implementation and training plan, which has been favorably received.
However, no effective endemic plan is expected in the near
Thus, CATI has formed alliances with over
50 key technology vendors, including Autodesk, Adobe, Macromedia,
Symantec, IBM, and Microsoft, to bring specialized educational
products, training, and support to Hawaii’s educators.
This program, entitled “Train Teachers in Technology
Today!”, or T4, offers a wide range of services and options.
The close name resemblance to the Teacher Technology Training
(T3) program is not an accident. Many of the same concepts apply to CATI’s T4 Program.
While T3 places an increased emphasis on
teachers' abilities to appropriately use multiple technologies and
media in their preparation for and delivery and evaluation of
structured curricula, T4 takes this concept a step further.
CATI wishes to ensure that both teachers and students use
technology to develop a series of projects that are fully
applicable to and accomplished in the same way real-world businesses
are run. Again,
this approach is not new. It
has been referred to as “integrated learning,” “project-based
teaching,” and similar nomenclature.
Technology Through Visual Thinking
A key part of T4 is called “Technology
Through Visual Thinking”™
or TTVT. TTVT implements
cross-curricular training for both teachers and students using two
Autodesk products (AutoCAD and 3D Studio MAX), two Microsoft products
(Word and PowerPoint), and other computer applications as desired.
Initially, teachers are provided with hands-on training and
complete lesson plans via the Autodesk Teacher Training Program (TTP),
and a follow-on meeting is scheduled within 45 days to evaluate new
lesson plans developed by the teachers as a result of the TTP.
These new lesson plans are shared with all teachers who have
participated in a TTP course.
Once trained, teachers from each school
are teamed so that they all share a single project-based homework
module. For example, at
Aiea Intermediate School, the 12 teachers chose a TTP project that
addressed the Hawaiian ukulele. The
shop teacher taught students how to create the ukulele in AutoCAD
using 3D techniques, and then to construct one using actual shop
tools. The English
teacher taught how to write project materials, including procedures
and reports. The math teacher taught students how to calculate the correct
material thicknesses, angles, and similar physical features.
The music teacher taught them how to play the ukulele.
The art teacher taught students to create marketing materials
and illustration manuals. And
the history and geography teachers taught the historical significance
of the ukulele around the Pacific Basin and in Asia.
CATI’s TTVT approach of integrated
teaching has not been tried before in Hawaii, and a number of DOE
teachers and administrators reviewed our courseware before approving
its use in Central District. We
expect that TTVT will rapidly be implemented as teachers find that it
both lessens their workload and increases students’ understanding
via real-world project-based learning.
Computers for Kids Hands-On Training
In the summer of 1998, CATI offered
technology training at no charge to Hawaii K-12 teachers, based on our
Computers for Kids Program. After
Metro Rotary helped locate a 5000-square-foot office space in the Gold
Bond Building that was donated for the summer course, CATI moved
several hundred donated computers into the space for refurbishment.
Taught by Wesley Koga of Aiea Intermediate School, this
technology training course provided several groups of teachers with
two weeks of hands-on diagnosis, repair, upgrade, configuration, and
application loading. As
this curriculum has been used with over 1,000 students who participate
in CFK, it was also applicable to the teachers.
Although it was CATI’s intent to provide
the same training during the summer of 1999, the economic downturn
made it unable to locate a donated class space.
However, efforts are already underway to secure donations of
class space for the next 5-10 years to ensure continuity of this
valuable training. As
long as volunteers are available, no charge will be made for this
Educational Software and Site Licenses
As an educational reseller, CATI can offer
deep educational discounts on a wide range of software.
A partial list of software vendors that offer these discounts
through CATI include:
Casady & Greene
Coda Music Technology
Exceptional Teaching Concepts
Lernout & Hauspie
McNeel & Associates
Seattle Support Group
The Learning Company
These and many more software packages are
available in single units for students, teachers, and faculty.
Site licenses are also available for classroom, school,
complex, district, and statewide contracts.
Please contact us if you need additional information on these
or any other software applications.
Computer Systems, Hardware Components,
A number of vendors offer educational
pricing on computer systems through CATI.
These include Compaq, Hewlett Packard, and IBM.
Although CATI is an authorized Apple reseller, Apple has chosen
to resell their educational systems via their inside sales force.
In Hawaii, please contact Bob Lew, (808) 734-1359 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
for educational hardware pricing.
CATI can also assist in building custom computer systems, based
on the latest Intel architectures.
Please call for more information.
Hardware components and peripherals are
also available with educational discounts through CATI.
A partial list of these vendors includes:
Computer Supplies X-Press
Curtis Computer Products
These and many other peripherals and
hardware components are available through CATI.
Please contact us for more information.
On-Site Technology Training
CATI offers on-site technology training on
a wide range of technology hardware and software.
We can work with you in your classroom, or in our in-house lab,
to teach you the basics, tone up your skills with an
intermediate-level course, or help get you out on the leading edge
with an advanced curriculum.
Our staff is available when you need us,
or you may choose to contract with CATI on a weekly, monthly, or
We specialize in training for the
following high-end software applications:
Other application software training is
available upon request.
CATI was contracted by the State of Hawaii
to provide A+ Certification training for the Hawaii Correctional
Industries, and has trained over 3,400 students on Autodesk products,
including AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX, and Mechanical Desktop.
We have recently begun to train on Web-site design and
development, incorporating all of the abovelisted software packages,
plus Microsoft FrontPage 2000.
Please contact us to discuss your specific
training needs. CATI is
proud of its flexibility, and will work closely with you and your staff
Computer-Aided Technologies International,
Incorporated (CATI) is a woman-owned small business, domiciled in
Hawaii. Our mailing address is:
Aided Technologies International, Inc.
Our Hawaii Department of Education Vendor
ID is 115093. Our
University of Hawaii Vendor Number is VN12199.
CATI will accept valid written purchase orders from any
educational institution in the state of Hawaii, with an automatic
issuance of Net 15 terms. With
the completion and approval of a standard credit application, these
terms may be extended to Net 30 Days.