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May 2015 - Welcome to a Summer of PD!

ISTE Making IT Happen award nominations due by September 1st, 2015! 
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.  Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.   The spirit of the Making IT Happen award supports our vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.

The Hawaii Society for Technology in Education, an affiliate of ISTE, will award two winners this year.  The winners will be honored at the SOTF Conference in November.  The nominations deadline is September 1, 2015.  To find out more, click here for a flyer.  To nominate a colleague, click here.

Check out all the great summer 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! Here are some of the ones coming up:
  • 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 1st - 4th - Project-Based Learning Practical Instruction at Mid-Pacific Institute - Mid-Pacific will host the 5th annual Kupu Hou Academy from June 1-4.   The academy is designed to help teachers grow their deeper learning practices, specifically project-based learning.  For more information and to register, click here.

  • June 4th - July 2nd - Assets School Singerland Multisensory Structured Language Approach Training - click here to see the flyer for this and another PD training session on Multisensory Writing in late July.

  • June 8th - 9th - Punahou's Brain Symposium (featuring Daniel Pink) An annual multi-day symposium designed for practicing educators focusing on learning and the brain.  Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative best-selling books. He uses a mix of social science, survey research and rich stories to address how to be more effective at work and how to persuade, influence and move others.  Click here for a flyer about this event at Punahou and many more PD sessions this summer.

  • June 8th - Kamehameha's UNconference 2015 - Join Kamehameha for a FREE, participant-driven professional development events where the attendees set the schedule and lead the sessions, which are conversations – NOT presentations. The KS UNconference will be an event full of rich discussions, cool demonstrations, plenty of hands-on learning!  The official site is and the link to registration is

  • June 9th - 10th - Kamehameha's Seventh Annual Kūkulu Kaiaulu Conference: Building Global Communities will be held on June 9 & 10, 2015 at the Neal Blaisdell Center.  The theme is "Hana Pono" - to work with purpose/passion.  Register here.

  • July 13th - 17th - 2015 GENCYBER Hawai'i - GENCYBER camps are Cyber Security camps designed for high school students entering grades 9 through 11 & teachers. The camps will provide interactive learning activities to educate students and teachers about cyber security as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and career pathway. Participants will engage in hands-on cyber security focused sessions with professors, alumni, industry experts and current college students in the one week camps.  Registration is open now.  For more information go to

  • June 22nd - July 2nd - Hanahauoli's Institute for Thematic Instruction - The Institute experience includes theory and foundations, hands-on learning experiences, classroom observation and examples, and built-in time for unit design with coaching -- all provided by experienced practitioners dedicated to making this a powerful learning experience in order to increase student engagement and deepen learning.  Click here for more information and to register.   

  • June 28th - July 1st - International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) - The premier educational event in the country.  This year it is in Philadelphia.   More information can be found here

  • November 2nd - HSTE's Hawaii Educational Leadership Summit - at the Hawaii Convention Center - The Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) is designed for leadership teams from public, independent, charter, and parochial schools to explore the multitude of ways that technology and online resources are supporting learning toward the 21st century competencies, common core standards, and/or online learning models. The summit is designed to have your leadership team work together on goals, so it is recommended that each school bring two to four representatives from leadership positions (principals, vice-principals, curriculum specialists, system administrators). As part of the summit, roundtable breakout sessions will allow you to connect with experts from around the state and country, and provide you time to network with like-minded colleagues, so that you leave the summit with a set of goals, resources, and a community that can support you moving forward. Registration and more information on this year's theme is coming soon.

  • November 3rd - 4th - Seventh Annual Schools of the Future Conference - registration is now open with early bird rates, click here.

  • November 7th - EdCamp Honolulu at Punahou - more information and registration coming soon.

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. 

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:
  • ESA Foundation Grant - The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. We support geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions.  The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovative and diverse projects that harness the power of computer and video game technology to create positive social impact. Through our grant program, we support nonprofit organizations that utilize interactive entertainment technology to create meaningful opportunities for America’s youth. Programs we support help reinforce math and science skills, enliven history, increase civic participation, improve health outcomes, and prepare students for college.  For example, previous grantees’ projects have ranged from developing online games to help children with cancer understand and follow their treatment programs, to creating educational and interactive exhibits for Smithsonian Institution museums.  The grant application deadline is May 15, 2015. For more information or to apply, visit our website.  

  • 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 - 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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