ISTE/HSTE Making IT Happen Award
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.
List of Previous ISTE/HSTE Making IT Happen Award Winners:
2016 - Laurel Oshiro and Karen Harris
2015 - Shane Asselstine and Michael Fricano II
2014 - Michelle Carlson Colte and Linda Lindsay
2013 - Jordan Higa and Mike Travis
The 2015 ISTE Making IT Happen Award winners are:
(Shane Asselstine and Michael Fricano II)
Shane Asselstine (Momilani Elementary) -
Shane Asselstine is a Technology Integration Specialist at Momilani Elementary School.
With a degree in architecture and work experience in information technology, Shane Asselstine comes with rare perspectives on technology integration in education.
He says the most important part of his job is helping to integrate technology, encourage, and inspire.
He is a pioneer with game-based learning in the classroom using Minecraft, KerbalEdu and Contraption Maker to ignite learning. Recently, he integrates coding and computer science. He was named the Code.org Affiliate for Hawaii and provides training to integrate computer science by bringing awareness to coding as a new literacy.
Presenter at HITC, GAFE Summit, SOFT, ISTE, Minecon, and ICEM. Interviewed by Scholastic MATH Mag, HPR and The Journal. Authored a chapter in “Minecraft in the Classroom.” Supports schools like Punahou, Kamehameha, and Sacred Hearts to name a few.
Takes part in online meetups like EdChatHi, Google Rocks! HI and EdTech Mixed Plate. He is on the EdCamp Honolulu team, the UoP College of Ed, Community Advisory Board, and a guest lecturer at UH College of Ed. He has dreamt, built, shared, taught, laughed, and walked with learners of all ages and skills.
Michael Fricano II (‘Iolani Schools)-
Michael Fricano II bleeds Information Technology!
University Lab School's Marybeth Baldwin reports: "Mike is the backbone of the GEG Hawaii. ... Mike is also an extremely active Google Education Trainer who makes some of the latest in educational technology understandable and accessible to teachers. He is an engaging and patient trainer who provides high-quality resources via his awesome website."
'Iolani School's Karen Neitzel notes: "Michael has done so much to support 'Iolani's faculty and students in their use of technology. He has run live and virtual workshops on a variety of topics from ibook author to Google glass. He jumped into our maker space and will be teaching a Make it 101 class to our students this coming year, helping us host our first "playground" conference. He will continue to support our faculty in their successful integration of technology into the classroom."
Michael Fricano II is a dedicated, generous, and forward-thinking educator, and he is definitely Making IT Happen.
In 2013, HSTE presented the ISTE Making IT Happen Award for the first time. This award is presented by HSTE as an affiliate of ISTE and recognizes our local educational technology leaders who are doing fantastic things and deserve to be honored at the national level.
(Chris Lehmann, Susan Larson, Linda Lindsay, Shane Asselstine, Michael Fricano II, Michelle Colte, Mike Travis. Missing Jordan Higa)
From the ISTE website, recipients of the awards are educators who:
Over the summer, HSTE sends a message to all members looking for nominations for the award. The HSTE Board will then choose one or two individuals from the nominations to receive the award. The awards are announced at the Schools of the Future Conference.
Click here for more information about the award at the ISTE site.