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HSTE News
June 2015

Are you headed to ISTE 2015 in Philly?  
If so, click here for tips on the event and also some session recommendations from some of the HSTE board.  Even if you are unable to attend, there are some suggestions on how you can stay connected from afar.

HSTE Meet and Greet Wrap-up
Thank you to everyone who attended the HSTE end of the year Meet and Greet. We met at Longhi’s in Ala Moana after work for some great food and networking. About 30 members attended and there were some familiar faces along with new members that were attending a meet and greet for the first time. Most attendees were based on Oahu but we had some join us from Maui and even Alaska! 

Thank you so much to Adobe Systems for sponsoring the event. They gave a great presentation on creativity and raffled off a year subscription to the Creative Cloud. Congratulations to Nem Lau for being the lucky winner (pictured on the right with Mike Riley from Adobe Systems). We hope to see many of you at the next meet and greet held in Philadelphia during ISTE on
 June 30 from 5-7PM at Finn McCools Ale House. Click here for a flyer for the event and to RSVP.


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.


Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Hawaii Education Leadership Summit on November 2nd.
The theme of this year's conference is "School Leaders Learning Powerful Ways to Transform Schools".  The Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) is for school leaders who are looking for resources, expertise and strategies to lead and transform their schools.  Whether you are implementing a more robust technology initiative, trying to implement deeper learning practices or aligning curricula to common core, this summit will bring together ideas and people to help you come up with concrete steps to implement your vision.  Click here for see the flyer and to register.


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 info@hste.org and we will add it for free! Here are some of the ones coming up:
  • 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.

  • July 12th - 8th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet - It's a fun, casual, family-friendly, potluck picnic for groups and individuals who have a passion they're eager to share.  Anyone who is remotely geeky about anything. Web developers, designers, programmers, photographers, videographers, podcasters, bloggers, even artists, teachers, thinkers... Are you knowledgeable and passionate about something?  Are you naturally curious and interested in learning about something?  Do you want to meet new people, share what you know, and learn a thing or two that you don't?  Then you're invited. Bring your friends, your family, your kids... and if you've got geek toys and gadgets, bring them too!  For more information, click here for the website.
  • 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 http://gencyber-hi.org

  • 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 theme of this year's conference is "School Leaders Learning Powerful Ways to Transform Schools".  The Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) is for school leaders who are looking for resources, expertise and strategies to lead and transform their schools.  Whether you are implementing a more robust technology initiative, trying to implement deeper learning practices or aligning curricula to common core, this summit will bring together ideas and people to help you come up with concrete steps to implement your vision.  Click here for see the flyer and to register.

  • 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.


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


Survey Research:
If you have a survey for your educational research, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

  • Request from a Professor in Indiana - This email is being sent to you on behalf of Anne Leftwich from the Instructional Systems Technology Department in the School of Education at Indiana University-Bloomington:

    We are conducting a national study to investigate teachers’ and school technology leaders’ perceptions of the most effective technology-related professional development experiences.  We would like to share these results with school districts and universities to help them offer more relevant technology-related professional development experiences. We value your opinion as you have likely seen many of these experiences (good, bad, and ugly). 

    Specifically, we are interested in hearing about your own professional development (PD) needs for technology integration and your perceptions of effective technology professional development programs. We have created a short survey (5-10 minutes) to capture your perceptions and experiences. 

    Examining Teacher Professional Development for Technology Integration Survey: http://goo.gl/7baL7j

    For your reference, the details about the study can be found in the Study Information Sheet found here: https://iu.box.com/ist-technology-integration.

    Thank you for reading! If you have other inquiries, please feel free to contact Dr. Anne Leftwich at left@indiana.edu at any time.

    Anne T. Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Instructional Systems TechnologyIndiana University – Bloomington, left@indiana.edu


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 dmclayton25@gmail.com 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 info@hste.org 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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