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February 2015

Your HSTE 2015 Executive Board:
  • Elizabeth Garrison, 2015 President
  • Michael Fricano II, President Elect
  • Megan Cummings, Treasurer
  • Melissa Hardy, Secretary
  • Mike Travis, Past President
You can read about all the HSTE Board members on this page.


Other HSTE News:
Edcamp Kaua`i will take place on April 25th, 8am-1:30pm at Island School (Lihue, Kaua`i). Registration is now open to the public - Register here. This free, participant driven unconference is sure to be an excellent learning and networking opportunity! Check out - for more details.

Other 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! Here are some of the ones coming up:
  • February 28th - HCTM Annual Conference - "Out of the Box".  Join mathematicians from around the state.  More information and registration click here.

  • March 7th - Unconference - Deeper Learning Hawaii Networks on March 7th from 9AM - 12PM at Mid-Pacific Institute - A collaborative, participant-driven event designed simply to connect all of us who are engaging students in Deeper Learning. Maybe we're designing projects. Maybe we're engaging with community experts. Maybe we're using mastery-based grading, public presentations of learning, student-led conferences, or portfolio defenses. Maybe you really *want* to be doing some of these things, but just aren't sure where to start.  You can register here -

  • March 14th - TechSavvy - A Program by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) - The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sponsoring a Tech Savvy Conference for middle school girls. Informative presentations for parents and students by AAUW representatives, keynote address by Miss Hawai'i Stephanie Kainoa Steuri, who has a B.S. in Biology and aspires to be a Veterinarian, 8-10 interactive STEM and career skills workshops to choose from and a college fair. Click here to see the flyer.

  • March 17th - 19th - This year marks our 20th anniversary of Technology, Colleges and Community (TCC), the longest running virtual conference in the nation. For 19 years, a virtual community of learners has shared and interacted about research and best practices for using technology to deliver instruction online. For this 20th year, we decided to provide a venue for participants to meet face-to-face and what better place to meet than at the UH Manoa campus?  Registration for the TCC 2015 Worldwide Online Conference, Hawaii 2-0: The Future is Now, is available:  Click here for registration -

  • March 18th & 19th - Making in Education with Jaymes Dec @ 'Iolani School - 'Iolani School will be hosting Jaymes Dec for a handful of workshops focused on Making in Education. Jaymes Dec is the Fab Lab Integrator at Marymount School in New York City, Learning Experience Designer, and a Stanford FabLearn Fellow. These workshops are designed for elementary, middle, and high school level and will provide educators with an introduction to integrating electronics and simple programming into the curriculum. Several workshops will be offered on Wednesday and one will be offered on Thursday. Most workshops will be held in 'Iolani School's brand new Lower School Fab Lab. All workshops are FREE and open to all educators! Seats are limited. Click here to see the flyer.

  • March 20th - 21st - Third annual EdTechTeam Hawaii Summit featuring Google for Education to be held `Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 20 & 21, 2015.This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for 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.  For more info and to register, click on the link below:

  • March 27th - Hawaii Island TechEd Collaboration Conference - Open to teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, and support staff, this opportunity offers attendees engaging keynotes speakers, breakout sessions, hands-on sessions, table sessions, and more!  Opening keynote by Jim Sill and closing keynote by Jenny Magiera!  Check the website for more information:

  • April 25th - Edcamp Kaua`i will take place on April 25th, 8am-1:30pm at Island School (Lihue, Kaua`i). Registration is now open to the public - Register here. This free, participant driven unconference is sure to be an excellent learning and networking opportunity! Check out - for more details.

  • May 18th - 20th - Apple Education and PCATT @ Honolulu Community College are planning the annual Apple Institute. This is a "save the date" notice for the Institute. It will be held here at Honolulu Community College on May 18 - 20, 2015.  No news on the event yet, but check back on their website in the future -

  • June 9th - 10th - Seventh Annual Kūkulu Kaiaulu Conference: Building Global Communities that will be held on June 9 & 10, 2015 at the Neal Blaisdell Center.  Registration here.

  • November 3rd - 4th - Seventh Annual Schools of the Future Conference - Call for proposals are now open, click here.

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.

  • RECRUITING FOR A TEACHER FOR THE "CREATIVE PROGRAMMING" CLASS FOR GRADES 4-6 - Job Description: Teaching an inquiry-based summer enrichment class titled "Creative Programming" for students in grades 4-6 for the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) 2015 Summer Programs in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Responsible for planning, preparing, and implementing all curriculum materials and class activities. When appropriate, collaborate with groups of curriculum research faculty and staff members to develop and implement new curriculum. Maintain and contribute to a healthy and safe educational environment for all students.  For more information for class offerings, please visit CRDG 2015 Summer Programs Website:

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

  • The call for proposals for the 2015 Schools of the Future Conference is open!.  
    This year, we will also be offering a 2-1/2 hour workshop option, so if you are interested in presenting a hands-on workshop, this will be an option to propose.  The deadline for proposals to present at SOTF is March 13th.  
    Click here to go to the site.

  • 7th Annual Kūkulu Kaiaulu Conference: Building Global Communities that will be held on June 9 & 10, 2015 at the Neal Blaisdell Center.You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise with colleagues at our upcoming conference, where other educators will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to the profession. Our goal is for attendees to experience informative, inspirational, relevant, and meaningful professional development.  The conference is expected to attract about 400 attendees and draw many participants eager to learn about (and implement) the latest ideas and technology in education. This year, there will be several formats for presenting innovate uses of technology in education.  Breakout session presenters will be provided complimentary conference registration.
    This year, our Conference Strands of Focus will include:
    • Strand #1: Coding / Game-based Learning
    • Strand #2: Collaboration / GAFE
    • Strand #3: Creativity
    • Strand #4: Learning Spaces
    • Strand #5: Mobile Learning
    • Strand #6: Project-Based Learning

  • Proposal Submission Instructions/Information:
    • Submission process opens: February 12, 2015
    • Submission process closes/deadline: March 20, 2015
    • To apply/submit proposals, please go to:
    • Acceptance notifications sent out to applicants: By March 31, 2015
    • Applicants should indicate in the “Availability” dropdown menu whether they are available to present on June 9, or June 10, or both days.
    • Upon evaluation by our Conference Committee, we will contact you as a follow up by April 3. If you are selected as a speaker, we will communicate with you further regarding specific arrangements.

Grants for your Schools:
Click here to go to our grants page where we share any grants we know about that you can apply for, here is a new one on the list:
  • THINK Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation - Innovation and exploration have been characteristics of Hawai‘i throughout history. The first Polynesians who populated these islands were at the forefront of science and technology for their times, designing and sailing canoes and navigating by the stars in search of new land and new opportunities. Our recent and future endeavors promoting a fertile environment for science and technology represent continuations of this long tradition. As a member of the growing high-tech economy in Hawai‘i, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Partnership has made a commitment to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education on Hawai‘i Island. As one of the greatest equalizers, education can also strengthen our workforce and economy so that families and communities thrive. The TMT created The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund at Hawai‘i Community Foundation in October 2014 to provide grants, scholarships and community leadership to further this purpose. Click here for more information and to apply.

Calls for Research Participation:
One HSTE Members is conducting research and is looking for your help.
HSTE Member Debra 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 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 - 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! Join the thriving Google+ Community. 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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