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November 2015

Schools of the Future Recap by President Elect, Michael Fricano II:

Another #EduAwesome week of professional development has flown by, and it was amazing! Hopefully, you were able to attend one of the great events that occurred between November 2nd through the 7th. Whether it was the Hawaii Education Leadership Summit, Schools of the Future Conference, or EdCamp Honolulu, there was so many amazing opportunities for professional growth! Schools of the Future just gets better and better every year, and this year didn't fall short. The sponsor booths were full of great educational products, killer giveaways and swag, and an awesome HSTE bookstore! Although, I spent most of my time presenting and sharing at various sessions, I heard about some great experiences by other attendees that were blown away by all that they learned. Some even expressed how they were going to spend the weekend exploring some of the ideas and tools they learned about so they can implement them the following week! Now that's dedication to the classroom! That's what makes educators so great! I was also very impressed by some of the keynotes speakers, especially Chris Lehmann. One of the most thought provoking comments he made was, "Any teacher that can be replaced by Kahn Academy, should be. But Kahn Academy is not the way of the future." That line really resonates with me and inspires me to teach in ways that my students can't just get off of some online video tutorial. However, the most important aspect of a conference like SOTF is the networking for me. I find it so valuable and rewarding to connect and reconnect with educators from all across the state of Hawaii, some of which I talk with regularly online from other islands. But to be able to see them again in person, to talk story, and share new ideas and tools that we're using in the classroom is the most rewarding part of this experience for me.

Other Stories from Education Week Hawaii (please click on the links below):
  • EdCamp Honolulu - click here for a recap of the event and pictures

  • Making IT Happen Award - click here for more information about this year's winners

  • Iron Chef Competition - click here for a recap of the event and to see who won

  • HSTE Bookstore - check out pictures and information from the HSTE Bookstore event here
  • 3rd Annual Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) - The 2015 Hawaii Education Leadership Summit brought together more than 70 public and independent school leaders in 20 teams for a day of collaboration and discussion around Transforming Schools through Deeper Learning practices. The annual HELS event ushered in the Schools of the Future Conference that brings nearly two thousand educators and technology leaders to the Hawaii Convention Center. On the morning of the summit, Monica Martinez led the attendees through exercises to define Deeper Learning and identify the competencies students are already developing in schools. The afternoon session included 9 roundtable discussions on topics such as: School Culture, ISTE Standards, Leadership Role, Use of Data to Assess Impact, Creativity and Project Based Learning, and Internet Safety. Summit teams left the with concrete next steps and a framework for transforming their schools. 

  • HSTE/SOTF Twitter Photo Contest
    Thank you to everyone who participated in the HSTE #sotfconf2015 Twitter Photo Contest. We asked you to share what you were learning during the Schools of the Future conference, and you delivered. So many great ideas, tips, selfies, and other photos were shared during the conference by those who used the hashtag, #sotfconf2015. Two winners were selected and they were Terry Holk (@iEmpower96792) and Christine Strobel (@strobie). Congratulations and thank you for participating! Jump back in time and find out what everyone was saying about #sotfconf2015.

The ISTE Conference Returns to Denver for 2016!

HSTE is excited to announce that next year's ISTE Conference will be back in Denver, Colorado.  The dates of the event are June 26th - June 29th, 2016, click here for more information and to register.   The ISTE Conference is one of the largest gatherings of educators in the world, with more than 10,000 participants, 1,000 sessions, and over 500 companies in the exhibitor hall.  This event is "information overload" at its best.   It will truly revolutionize your thinking on education as you see the latest ideas, try out the newest technology tools, and network with some of the leading educational experts from around the world.   If you have any questions about the event, please email us.   

Continuing the tradition, HSTE will once again host a free Meet and Greet event for all Hawaii participants one night at ISTE.  More information coming soon on this.

Education News from around the Islands
If you have a conference coming up, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

Calls for Proposals:
If you have a conference coming up, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 
  • 21st Annual TCC WORLDWIDE ONLINE CONFERENCE (April 19-21, 2016)  
    E-Learning : The More We Get Together
    Submission deadline: December 15, 2015
    Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper or general session relating to all aspects of online learning, networking & collaboration, including but not limited to e-learning, open education, ICT, virtual communities, social media, augmented reality, educational gaming, faculty & student support, Web 2.0 tools, international education, mobile learning and professional development.
    MORE INFO -- Bert Kimura <> or Curtis Ho <>
  • The Ignite Innovation Conference (February 13, 2016) is a one day professional development event for all K-12 educators that will encourage and foster student innovation in the learning environment. The conference will offer a variety of 1 1/2 hour hands-on workshops, 45 minute break out sessions, panel discussions, and playgrounds focusing on the topics of Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, MakerEd, Innovative Teaching, EdTech Integration, and Citizen Science. All with a mission of "Empowering Student Innovators"!

    We are currently seeking session proposals for the conference, and I naturally thought of you! Primary presenters will receive complimentary registration (includes continental breakfast & lunch). Proposals are due by December 13. Submit a great session idea here!

    Also, be sure to save the date to attend (if you're not interested in presenting) and feel free to share this information with your friends and colleagues! Registration will open on January 4 at 8am HST. The cost to attend will only be $20 but space is limited to 100 tickets!

Other professional development opportunities throughout Hawai'i:
For a complete list, go to the events page. HSTE wants to share your event so that all educators have a "one-stop" place to see all the PD around the islands, if you have an event you want to share, please email the information to and we will add it for free! 

    Ongoing Events to connect with other:
    For a complete list, go to this page. If you have an event you want to share, please email the information to and we will add to the list.
    • Please join the educational Twitter Chat, #edchatHI. A Twitter Chat is an hour long discussion that takes place on Twitter. Participants use and follow the hashtag, #edchatHI. The goal of this Twitter chat is to bring individuals living in or from Hawaii together to discuss important and relevant issues related to education at all levels (Pre-K through College). #edchatHI takes place on the first Monday of every month at 6PM HST.

    • Google Rocks! - hosted by Linda Lindsay - weekly Google+ Hangouts on different topics, every Tuesday at 7PM HST. More info here.

    • EdTech Mixed Plate - hosted by HSTE Members - Michael, Michelle, Megan, and Rachel - Sunday nights at 7PM. Each episode they share EdTech and Personal Learning Resources. Check the website for archives, upcoming topics, and a calendar of events.

    • GEG (Google Educators Group) Hawaii Google+ Community - Join the thriving Google+ Community of more than 1,700+ members. Share your resources, ideas, and lesson activities, and ask questions!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email anytime.

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