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October 2016

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Don't forget to vote for board members!
If you are a current HSTE Board member, you should have received a ballot code via email from Melissa Handy, HSTE President Elect.  You can learn more about the board nominees here.   Remember, the deadline for voting is October 10th.

Schools of the Future Conference is this month!

This is the month of the annual Schools of the Future Conference.  We consider the conference the premier event for educators in the state.  It is attended by more than 1,300 educators from private, public, charter, and parochial schools from all the islands and beyond.  You can still register for the event here.  The Schools of the Future Conference is just one part of a week of educational events that HSTE is involved with.  Here is a list of all the activities for the week:
  • October 19th - Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) - The Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) is excited to announce the 4th Annual Leadership Summit. HSTE will be hosting the summit this year at the Hawaii Convention Center the day before the Schools of the Future Conference, October 19th. This year's theme is Leading School Change-Building toward success, Building for Success.  You can click here to see a flyer for more information and to register.  Space is limited so register soon!

  • October 20th - 21st - Schools of the Future Conference - The annual educator event with more than 1,300 participants.  There is still time to register here.

  • October 20th (evening) - HSTE Meet & Greet/All Member Meeting at SOTF  - All members are invited to participate in the HSTE Meet & Greet/All Member Meeting at the Schools of the Future Conference. SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, October 20 following the first day of the conference. It will be at the Hawaii Convention Center in one of the ballrooms following the end of the conference. Free food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. We'll have a few great prizes to giveaway, and we'll conduct our annual all member meeting and introduce you to our new board members for 2017! More information will be sent soon!

  • October 20th - 21st - HSTE Bookstore at the Schools of the Future Conference - If you are attending the SOTF conference, please stop by our bookstore in the Exhibit Hall.  We will have book signings from keynote speakers, lots of great books based on the themes from the conference, and some free drawings for prizes. 

  • October 22nd - EdCamp HonoluluDon't miss out on one of the best FREE PD events of the year! The 4th annual EdCamp Honolulu follows the SOTF conference on Saturday, October 22 at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Middle School Campus. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! There are only 150 tickets available and they will go fast! Visit for information and registration.
Listed below are some other great events coming up:
  • Nov 5th - HSTE Sponsored Makey Makey Workshop - We're working hard to provide you with quality, relevant, and current PD opportunities! Mark this down in your calendar! HSTE will be sponsoring a Makey Makey Workshop on Saturday, November 5th. We'll be connecting multiple islands for an in-person hands-on workshop with Tom Heck, VP of Education Initiatives at JoyLabz and Makey Makey. More information about this workshop and registration will be sent out soon!

  • Nov 5th (1:30 - 6:00) Register for FREE and join us at TCCfx 2016TCCfx 2016 is a complimentary 1-day online conference that serves as a platform for the growing educational technology community. This online conference aims to empower educational technology students and professionals to succeed in their graduate programs and careers through connection, collaboration, and the generation of innovative ideas for teaching and learning. Our inspirational theme for this year’s TCCfx is Paying It Forward: Helping Us Help Others. Some of the various topics include:

    • Award-winning graduate student projects
    • Ph.D. research & technology
    • Educational technology directions
    • Past to present in educational technology
    • International collaboration
    • Technology tools

    Location: Online in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (instructions for accessing the conference will be emailed to all registered participants)  Register for free at:

  • Nov 14th-15th - Level 1 Google Certification Bootcamp by EdTechTeam at Mid-Pacific Institute.  Click here for more information and to register.

  • December 1st - Virtual Reality in the Classroom Bootcamp - Click here for more information and to register.

  • December 2nd - Education On Air: It Takes a Teacher (Google Apps Online Summit) - Join us for a free, online conference. Share with and learn from other educators. Hear from inspiring speakers. Get tips and tools to help boost student engagement, collaboration and productivity and in the classroom. Click here for more information.

  • HSTE Kaua'i Events - Check the HSTE Kaua'i Newsletter for more events

Professional development opportunities throughout Hawai'i:

There are already many professional development opportunities lined up for 2015.  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! 

  • Hawaii Association of School Psychologist Annual Meeting (October 17th-19th) - for more information and to register, click here.

  • Fourth Annual Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (October 19th) - hosted by HSTE, this event for leaders of schools to meet and discuss transformative ideas in schools.  More details coming soon.

  • Eighth Annual Schools of the Future Conference (October 20th-21st) - the premier education conference in Hawaii with over 1,300 participants attending each year. You can find out more about the conference here.  Look for more details coming soon about HSTE events at the conference:
    • HSTE Bookstore in Exhibit Hall
    • HSTE All-Member Meet and Greet event
    • HSTE Board Member presentations at the event

  • First Annual Leading Schools of the Future Conference (April 6-8, 2017) - The Schools of the Future Initiative (SOTF) has transformed teaching and learning environments, impacting hundreds - if not thousands - of classroom teachers and students statewide, in Hawai'i's private, public, charter and parochial schools.  The Leading Schools of the Future Conference is being developed to compliment the SOTF Conference, as a means of meeting the needs of school leadership, as they work towards guiding best practices in 21st century learning environments. The audience for the LSOTF Conference will be heads of school, trustees, development directors, business & HR managers, communication directors, admissions directors, facilities managers, athletic directors, and other school leadership.  With the guidance of a visionary Advisory Committee, the first annual Leading Schools of the Future Conference will be innovative, interactive and strategic, as teams collaborate on "reconstructing this place we call school."  Click here for more details and to register.

In the News:

Opinion Piece on EdTech at - Have you read this recent article on the website, "Screens in Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax"  by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras? Give this article a read and voice your opinion! What do you think? Share you opinion online and include the hashtag #HSTE or send us an email at

100 Hawaii Educators to Follow on Twitter - check out this impressive list of Twitter using educators from Hawaii. Many of our very own HSTE members are on this list. If you're on Twitter, new to Twitter, or are interested in trying Twitter out, start following these educators first! Read the article

Member Highlights:
Do you have something to share about what is going on at your school? If so, email us the information and a link and we will add it to this new section. Please share the great things that are happening at the schools!

Educator Spotlight: Greg Kent on Design Thinking - Greg is a Technology Coordinator at Kailua Elementary and he has some great advice on the Design Thinking process with students ... read more

Volunteers needed:

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Branch is holding Tech Savvy, a STEM conference for middle school girls, April 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hawaii Pacific University.  Tech Savvy consists of STEM workshops, Savvy Skills workshops (soft skills such as communication, understanding social media, public speaking), and College Savvy (a mini-college fair geared at girls just starting to explore college options).  There are concurrent sessions for parents to attend.  We need volunteers to help the day of the conference.  Volunteers can either help for the morning, afternoon or both portions of the day.  Click here for more information or click here to fill out a volunteer form. Or, for questions contact Dr. Anna Viggiano at anna.m.viggiano@gmail or Dr. Lauren Kaupp at

If you need help with an event, please email us and we can the information here.

Call for Proposals:
If you have a conference coming up, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

The AAUW Honolulu Branch TechSavvy Conference Committee is calling for proposals!  Tech Savvy is an exciting one-day conference for girls in 6th through 9th grade focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  This year's conference will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Hawaii Loa Campus of Hawaii Pacific University.

There are three different types of sessions:

  • TechSavvy Workshops are meant to provide girls with a hands-on activity that demonstrates a real-world application of STEM.  These workshops may also include information about STEM careers, and we encourage presenters to share a bit about their own STEM journeys.  
  • SavvySkills Workshops are meant to build girls' 21st Century skills, in order to promote college, career, and community readiness.  These workshops will help prepare girls to be well-rounded and confident future STEM leaders.
  • The Adult Program is a concurrent program for girls' families.  The Adult Program will include a panel of women in STEM and a hands-on activity for adults.  We will contact you for your availability to participate in one or more portions of the Adult Program based on the information you provide.

All TechSavvy and SavvySkills Workshops must be hands-on!  Technology is suggested, but not mandatory.  There will be two repeated 55-minute sessions for each TechSavvy and SavvySkills.   About 5 minutes at the beginning and end of the session are used for attendance and evaluations.  Plan for 50 minutes of active workshop time and a maximum of 20 girls per session.  TechSavvy sessions will be held in the morning from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  SavvySkills sessions will be held in the afternoon from approximately 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. One of the goals of the day is to highlight successful women as role models.  We ask that primary presenters be women.  

Please complete the application form by November 30, 2016:  All applications will be reviewed and notified of acceptance by December 31, 2016.  Mahalo for your support of girls in STEM!


We invite you to submit your abstract to The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2017 (IICEHawaii2017) which will be held Sunday, January 8 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom – Hawaii 2017 (IICTCHawaii2017), and The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Hawaii 2017(IICLLHawaii2017). Registration for any one of these conferences permits attendance in all three within the event.  Submit your research, join us at The Hawai‘i Convention Center in Hawaii, and contribute to the conference dialogue along with your peers. Click here to submit a paper (deadline is November 1st).

Survey and Research:
If you have surveys or research you are conducting and need volunteers, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

Educational Tech Field Openings:
If you have any openings at your school in educational technology, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 
  • If you are looking for openings in education, these two resources might help:
    • Hawaii Association of Independent Schools Job Board - click here
    • Hawaii Department of Education Job Board - click here

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.
  • 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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