HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Students at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu are hooked on learning, and it's because of one teacher's unconventional methods that turned their lessons into a video game.
Biology teacher Nathan Javellane took traditional Hawaiian lessons and applied them to the virtual world of Minecraft.
Javellane decided to use the video game, which allows users to build their own world, to teach his 80 students the biological and cultural aspects of traditional lo'i.
"I think it's a really good idea because it allows us to get a piece of technology and have hands on learning and to put it together into one. It's really good," said biology student Okalani Schnackenberg.
After the students played the game, they put their online skills to the test in the field. The group visited the Punaluu taro patch to take measurements and collect samples. Then, they uploaded their findings to the virtual lo'i they created in the game.