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July 2014

ISTE was a great event in Atlanta!  
Click here to read some thoughts on the event from the current HSTE President, Mike Travis.  Also, enjoy this slideshow of pictures from Atlanta.


Get Ready for HSTE's Education Week in Hawaii in Early November!
Anchored by the 6th Annual Schools of the Future Conference, the rest of the week includes school visits, the Hawaii Educational Leadership Summit (HELS), and EdCamp Honolulu.  To see all the details, click here.

The 6th Annual Schools of the Future Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center is open to all public, private, parochial and charter school educators, as well as parents and students, and business and community members, with an expected attendance of 1,200 to 1,500 educators. More than 80 presentations by keynote speakers, featured speakers and classroom teachers will share best practices over the two days of the conference.  It might seem like a long way off, but the 2014 Schools of the Future Conference is right around the corner (Nov. 6/7). You can register to attend here. For those of you who submitted a proposal to speak, the committee will notify you by mid-April. 

Keynote Speakers:
  • Jane McGonigal - author of the New York Times bestseller Reality is Broken and Ted talk speaker.
  • Dr. Milton Chen - Senior Fellow, The George Lucas Educational Foundation
Featured Speakers:
  • Lou Salza - is Head of School at Lawrence School in Ohio serving students with learning and attention differences for grades K-12.  He is the former Head of School at Assets School in Honolulu and has served on many boards including the HAIS Board (1998-2007) and the NAIS Board (2003-2013).
  • Jennifer Bryan - holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and she has over 30 years work with children, adolescents and adults in university, hospital, school and private practice settings.
  • Gail Lovely - is a teacher and learner and has taught learners from ages 2 to 82.  She recently published the book "Suddenly It Clicks! - Using an iPad with your Preschooler" written with Gayle Berthiaume.
  • Kim Saxe - is the Director of Innovation Labs at The Nueva School and a lecturer at Stanford University.  She has over 25 years teaching experience and hosts teams of educators from all over the world wanting to learn more about implementing Design Thinking programs.
The SOTF Conference is just one piece in the HSTE "Education Week" puzzle!  
There are events planned for the whole week and more news coming soon.
To see the latest, click on this link.

Maker Faires, Personalized Learning, and two-story vendor displays!  Mike Travis, HSTE President, offers his thoughts from the week in Atlanta for ISTE ... read more ...
HSTE Updates:
  • The HSTE Kaua’i Group is pleased to announce the receipt of a one year $40,000 grant to nurture leaders in educational technology on Kaua’i. Jessica Kerber, Hanalei School Technology Coordinator and Lisa Mireles, HSTE Board Member worked with HSTE Kaua’i members to develop and submit a two year proposal to the Hale Uluwehi Charitable Fund. Hale Uluwehi Charitable Fund has agreed to fund the first year of the proposal with a strong possibility for Year 2 renewal. Grant funding will be used  to send HSTE Kaua’i teacher leaders and administrators to technology related conferences in Hawai’i and on the mainland. Interested participants must be HSTE members, supported by their principals  and willing to share what they have learned at the conferences both back at their schools and with the HSTE Kaua’i Group. HSTE Kaua’i will also host free technology related professional development for teachers on Kaua’i during the 2014-2015 SY.  Interested teachers and school leaders should contact Jessica Kerber at or Lisa Mireles at for more information.   Keep up to date on all the Kaua'i HSTE information by clicking on the Kaua'i link in the navigation.
  • HSTE has started a new page to list all the non-profit organizations in Hawaii that relate to education, technology, and educational technology.  If you would like us to add your organization and link to this page, please email us.

  • Other HSTE Opportunities:
    • Meet and Greet on Oahu in mid-August (more details soon)

    • Making IT Happen Award - click here to learn more about this award.  Next month, we will be opening the form so that you can nominate people at your school to win the award.  Winners receive an ISTE Making IT Happen Award Jacket and will be honored at the Schools of the Future Conference in November.

    • Looking for volunteers to help at the SOTF Conference - are you interested in helping at the HSTE bookstore or at the tech help desk?  email us if you are!

    • Nominees to Join the HSTE Board in 2015 - Do you want to bring about change and take on a leadership role?  Every year, five HSTE members are elected to serve three-year terms on the HSTE Board.  The nomination process will begin sometime in early August, more info coming soon. 

Upcoming Events on the Islands:
Educational professional development is going on throughout the islands. 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!
  • July 24 - 31 - Global Education Teacher Strand - Punahou School - more information here

  • August 11 - 14 - New Perspectives on Teaching Mathematics - Punahou School - more info here

  • November 3rd - 8th - Education Week Hawaii - click here for more details
    • November 3rd & 4th - School Visits/Institutes
    • November 5th - Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS)
    • November 6th & 7th - Schools of the Future Conference
    • November 8th - EdCamp Honolulu

Job Openings around Hawai'i:
If you would like to share a job opening on this site, just email it to us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

  • Technology for Untapped Talent Instructor
    The Curriculum Research & Development Group of the College of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is seeking an instructor to join the Archimedes Hawaii Project's Technology for Untapped Talent program.  The instructor will develop, prepare, demonstrate and deliver hands-on instruction to vocational rehabilitation participants (individuals with a variety of disabilities), middle school students, and high school students in computer-aided design (CAD), computer-assisted manufacture (CAM), workshop skills, workshop safety, the use of manual and automated tools and machines, product assembly, and problem solving.  For more information, visit, select employment, apply, then search for job opening ID 14334.

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 five 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 your assistance with this dissertation research project.

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 it.
  • 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 on every Tuesday at 7PM HST. More info here.
  • EdTech Mixed Plate - hosted by HSTE Members - Michael, Michelle, Megan, and Rachel - every Sunday night at 8PM. Each episode they share EdTech and Personal Learning Resources. Check the website for archives, upcoming topics, and the calendar of events.
  • GEG (Google Educators Group) Hawaii Weekly Training Hangouts - Every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm-8pm HST, watch the Google+ LIVE Hangout and participate in a variety of Google Apps for Education and Education related trainings. Ask questions and participate in the discussion!  Google+ Community Link and Calendar

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

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