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January 2014

Based on feedback from our members, we have re-designed the newsletter to streamline the information.  You will notice that many of our articles will say "read more" at the end and link to the article online.  This will allow you to quickly skim the information and get to the articles and information you need most from the HSTE organization.  Welcome to 2014! 

Your 2014 Executive Board:
  • President - Mike Travis
  • Vice-President - Elizabeth Garrison
  • Secretary - Michael Fricano II
  • Treasurer - Megan Cummings
HSTE Membership - more than 1,200 members strong!

Farewell Message from Outgoing President, Brett Tanaka
Last year was only the 2nd year of HSTE as an official ISTE Affiliate organization. Since the organization is in its “growing” stages, it took me some time to explore, understand and strategize how to move HSTE to next level ... read more ...

Welcome Message from New HSTE President, Mike Travis
It is amazing to me to have reached this position in the HSTE organization. I remember back to the first meeting when Mark Hines (President 2012) and Phil Bossert (President 2011) asked a few of us to meet and talk about the idea of becoming an ISTE affiliate ... read more ...

HSTE Events Updates:
  • The Call for Participation for the Schools of the Future Conference (November 6th/7th) is already open and closes on February 28, 2014. Click here to go to the site.
  • Our first Meet and Greet event for 2014 will be in March or April, look for details coming soon.
  • The Big Island had its first HSTE Meet and Greet on Friday, January 17, 2014 in West Hawaii. It was a great opportunity to meet and come together. In addition to providing a space for us to share the whys, whats and hows in our own EdTech lives, it opened the discussion to, what next? How as a group of educators and educational leaders can we promote the effective use and integration of technology? If you are interested in connecting with the HSTE groups that are moving forward on the neighbor islands, please email us and we will connect you with the regional representative on each island.

Calls for Research Participation:
Two HSTE Members are conducting research and are looking for your help.
HSTE Board Member Truc Nguyen is developing a research proposal to the National Endowment of the Humanities to look at digital citizenship in schools. If funded, the research study would support up to 20 school teachers and staff and 20 students to attend the Schools of the Future Conference for the next two years (2014 and 2015) if they take part in the research interviews and short essay writing. Do you think you might be interested in participating in something like this if it is funded? You can let her know at the Google Form Digital Citizenship Experiences here.

HSTE Member Diane Clayton is conducting research for her dissertation. I am a doctoral candidate seeking to interview 6 to 10 educators (preferably 6th to 9th grade/ public and private schools) about your experiences and perceptions on effective use and integration of educational technology. Specifically, the research is a qualitative study Examining Teacher Perceptions of Technology Integration to Bridge the Achievement Gap, including the use of digital media to influence student engagement and motivation. If interested and/or for more information please contact Debra Clayton at or call 808-286-5871. Thanking you in advance for about 30 minutes of your time for assistance with this dissertation research project.

Upcoming Events on the Islands:
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 it.
  • Inventive Engineer Poster Week - deadline for submissions is February 8th - more details here
  • 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). The first #edchatHI took place on January 6th and will continue on the first Monday of every month from 6pm to 7pm HST. The next one will be on February 3rd.
  • Google Summit Hawaii (March 21st/22nd - plus, pre-summit events) - This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google in Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, and representatives from the Google Apps for Education team. Click here for more details.
  • Kukulu Kaiaulu: Building Global Communities (June 2-4) - The Kamehameha Information Technology Division is pleased to host “Believe”, the 2014 KS Education Technology Conference. For more information, click here.

ISTE Affiliate Conferences:
Most ISTE Affiliates, like HSTE, conduct their own conference every year. This is a great opportunity to visit another state and hear about the successes and challenges for their educators. Click here to go to our page where we have listed many of the Affiliate Conferences this year. Mark your dates for some of the most interesting ones:
  • February 22nd - 25th - Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) Conference in Anchorage, Alaska - click here for more info - (Two of HSTE Board members will be attending this event and look for their report in early March.)
  • March 20th - 22nd - CUE Conference, Palm Springs, California. The largest and oldest educational technology conference in California and among the largest in the United States - click here for more info.

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

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