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#SOTF2016 #HSTE Bookstore is now open! #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Schools of the Future Recap from the HSTE President!

We wrapped up another successful Schools of the Future Conference! SOTF has become one of the biggest culminating events of the year for HSTE because it offers a unique opportunity for our members across the islands to come together, network, and learn!

The past several years, the HSTE Board has organized the SOTF bookstore and book signings and it's always a great experience meeting our members and selling great books. All proceeds from the book store benefit future HSTE events and we appreciate everyone's contributions and business! See above for a cool 360° view of the bookstore!

Also, for the first time we held a HSTE Meet & Greet / All-Member Meeting on day 1 of SOTF! It was held at the Hawaii Convention Center following the last session of the day. This was another great opportunity to network across the islands and with public, private, and charter schools alike! A big MAHALO to our sponsors for supporting the event and providing some amazing prizes! At this event we also introduced our 4 brand new board members, voted in by all of you! They are Shane Asselstine, Greg Kent, Cecilia Chung, and Rebecca Eldridge! Elizabeth Garrison, our past President was also voted back on the board! Congratulations to all of you, and we look forward to working together in the new year!

Check out the impressive numbers for SOTF 2016 to the right!

Sincerely, Michael Fricano II
2016 HSTE President

A line up of our current HSTE Board at the SOTF Meet & Greet event.

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Listed below are some other great events coming up:
  • November 15th - Viewing of Most Likely to Succeed Movie - An opportunity to network with other educators. Click here to learn more and to register.

  • December 1st - Thinglink Virtual Reality in the Classroom Bootcamp - Click here for more information and to register.

  • December 2nd - Education On Air: It Takes a Teacher (Google Apps Online Summit) - Join us for a free, online conference. Share with and learn from other educators. Hear from inspiring speakers. Get tips and tools to help boost student engagement, collaboration and productivity and in the classroom. Click here for more information.

  • February 18th - Ignite Innovation Conference at 'Iolani School: Call for Proposals now open through December 5, 2016! Registration opens in mid-December, find out more here.

Attention HSTE Maui County Teachers!

The Hawai‘i Society for Technology in Education

 is proud to announce the 

Maui HSTE to ISTE Scholarship

One winner from Maui will be selected and will receive an ISTE conference scholarship of up to $2,750 for registration, airfare, and hotel expenses. This scholarship is a gift provided by the Andrew & Edith Don Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Applications accepted at

Deadline is December 1, 2016

View & Print the Flyer 

Professional development opportunities throughout Hawai'i:

There are already many professional development opportunities lined up for 2015.  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! 

  • First Annual Leading Schools of the Future Conference (April 6-8, 2017) - The Schools of the Future Initiative (SOTF) has transformed teaching and learning environments, impacting hundreds - if not thousands - of classroom teachers and students statewide, in Hawai'i's private, public, charter and parochial schools.  The Leading Schools of the Future Conference is being developed to compliment the SOTF Conference, as a means of meeting the needs of school leadership, as they work towards guiding best practices in 21st century learning environments. The audience for the LSOTF Conference will be heads of school, trustees, development directors, business & HR managers, communication directors, admissions directors, facilities managers, athletic directors, and other school leadership.  With the guidance of a visionary Advisory Committee, the first annual Leading Schools of the Future Conference will be innovative, interactive and strategic, as teams collaborate on "reconstructing this place we call school."  Click here for more details and to register.

In the News:

100 Hawaii Educators to Follow on Twitter - check out this impressive list of Twitter using educators from Hawaii. Many of our very own HSTE members are on this list. If you're on Twitter, new to Twitter, or are interested in trying Twitter out, start following these educators first! Read the article

Member Highlights:
Do you have something to share about what is going on at your school? If so, email us the information and a link and we will add it to this new section. Please share the great things that are happening at the schools!

Alan Tamayose of Kamehameha Schools Selected as TED-Ed Innovative Educator - The next cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators has been selected! They come from all over the world, spanning 11 countries. One of our very own, Alan Tamayose, of Kamehameha Schools, is one of them! Find out more

Volunteers needed:

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Branch is holding Tech Savvy, a STEM conference for middle school girls, April 22, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hawaii Pacific University.  Tech Savvy consists of STEM workshops, Savvy Skills workshops (soft skills such as communication, understanding social media, public speaking), and College Savvy (a mini-college fair geared at girls just starting to explore college options).  There are concurrent sessions for parents to attend.  We need volunteers to help the day of the conference.  Volunteers can either help for the morning, afternoon or both portions of the day.  Click here for more information or click here to fill out a volunteer form. Or, for questions contact Dr. Anna Viggiano at anna.m.viggiano@gmail or Dr. Lauren Kaupp at

If you need help with an event, please email us and we can share the information here.


A professor at UH-Manoa has asked for some help finding technology coordinators to answer a few quick questions about a course he is re-designing.  If you are able, please contact him at the email below:

  • I am retooling LTEC647C, a graduate course at UHM on open-source software in education for Spring 2017. I am hoping that a few tech coordinators would be willing to discuss their use of open-source software in K-12 schools.  I can be reached at Thanks for considering! Paul McKimmy, Learning Design & Technology Department, Director, Technology & Distance Programs, UH-Manoa

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

Ignite Innovation Conference at 'Iolani Schools has an open call for proposals.

The Call for Proposals is now OPEN! Planning for the next Ignite Innovation Conference at 'Iolani School is underway and our mission is to inspire K-12 educators to re-imagine teaching and learning! We are looking for presentations that help meet our goal and focus on topics like PBL, DT, Makerspaces, EdTech, Physical Computing, Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and more! And we're offering a variety of session formats: 1.5 hour Hands-On Workshops and 45 minute Listen & Learn, Participate & Explore, and Panels. Submit your proposals between November 1st and December 5th. Primary presenters receive free registration. General registration opens on December 13!


Call for Proposals: 


The AAUW Honolulu Branch TechSavvy Conference Committee is calling for proposals!  Tech Savvy is an exciting one-day conference for girls in 6th through 9th grade focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  This year's conference will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Hawaii Loa Campus of Hawaii Pacific University.

There are three different types of sessions:

  • TechSavvy Workshops are meant to provide girls with a hands-on activity that demonstrates a real-world application of STEM.  These workshops may also include information about STEM careers, and we encourage presenters to share a bit about their own STEM journeys.  
  • SavvySkills Workshops are meant to build girls' 21st Century skills, in order to promote college, career, and community readiness.  These workshops will help prepare girls to be well-rounded and confident future STEM leaders.
  • The Adult Program is a concurrent program for girls' families.  The Adult Program will include a panel of women in STEM and a hands-on activity for adults.  We will contact you for your availability to participate in one or more portions of the Adult Program based on the information you provide.

All TechSavvy and SavvySkills Workshops must be hands-on!  Technology is suggested, but not mandatory.  There will be two repeated 55-minute sessions for each TechSavvy and SavvySkills.   About 5 minutes at the beginning and end of the session are used for attendance and evaluations.  Plan for 50 minutes of active workshop time and a maximum of 20 girls per session.  TechSavvy sessions will be held in the morning from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  SavvySkills sessions will be held in the afternoon from approximately 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. One of the goals of the day is to highlight successful women as role models.  We ask that primary presenters be women.  

Please complete the application form by November 30, 2016:  All applications will be reviewed and notified of acceptance by December 31, 2016.  Mahalo for your support of girls in STEM!


We invite you to submit your abstract to The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2017 (IICEHawaii2017) which will be held Sunday, January 8 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom – Hawaii 2017 (IICTCHawaii2017), and The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Hawaii 2017(IICLLHawaii2017). Registration for any one of these conferences permits attendance in all three within the event.  Submit your research, join us at The Hawai‘i Convention Center in Hawaii, and contribute to the conference dialogue along with your peers. Click here to submit a paper (deadline is November 1st).

Survey and Research:
If you have surveys or research you are conducting and need volunteers, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

Educational Tech Field Openings:
If you have any openings at your school in educational technology, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 
  • If you are looking for openings in education, these two resources might help:
    • Hawaii Association of Independent Schools Job Board - click here
    • Hawaii Department of Education Job Board - click here

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.

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

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