Bobby Widhalm, Board Member
Spring is a time of new and exciting beginnings- welcome to Bobby Widhalm, our new and exciting addition to the HSTE Board! Bobby, who grew up in Denver, Colorado, currently works with the Professional Development and Educational Research Institute (PDERI) at the Hawaii Department of Education. His past work experiences include working at Dole Middle School, Moanalua High School, and at the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support (OCISS). He attended Colorado School of Mines to pursue a Mechanical Engineering Degree and then attended University of Denver, where he received his teaching credentials. His family members include Stacie, his wife, Joseph and Mickaellah, his step children. Bobby’s hobbies include tinkering with technology (coding, making, etc.), watching (too much) TV and movies
Learn more about Bobby in his Q&A:
Q : How long have you been at (your current role/position/location)?
A : I have been at PDERI as a State Office Teacher for almost four years.
Q : What is your favorite food?
A : It was pizza, but as I get older it really depends on my mood.
Q : How did you first get involved in HSTE? What made you want to join?
A : After obtaining membership through Schools of the Future registration, I enjoyed the information from the newsletters/emails from HSTE. So, when the opportunity to be part of the board, I volunteered.
Q : Why do you think tech integration is important for students?
A : Because we live in a technology integrated world, students should have the opportunity to engage with tools that can truly support and enhance their learning as well as learn how to effectively and ethically use and interact with such technology.
Q : What is one thing you’ve done at your school that you’re proud of?
A : At Moanalua High School, I was the advisor/coach of the robotics team, which participated in Botball, VEX, FIRST Robotics Competition, and Hawaii Underwater Robot Challenge. We also hosted numerous First LEGO League and VEX competitions.
Q : Any advice for other educators getting involved in technology integration?
A : Failure only happens when you quit. So try, fail, learn, and repeat.
Q : What are some of the topics you explore in your sessions at conferences?
A : I enjoy sharing how coding and spreadsheets can be used as a tool to define and solve problems.
Q : Presenting at any future sessions coming up that we should know about? (Ex. SOTF Conference, ISTE Conference, etc.)
A : I will be part of the Google SLAM at the next Schools of the Future. Come check it out.
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