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Mike Travis, HSTE President (2014) - Welcome Message

It is amazing to me to have reached this position in the HSTE organization. I remember back to the first meeting when Mark Hines (President 2012) and Phil Bossert (President 2011) asked a few of us to meet and talk about the idea of becoming the Hawaii ISTE affiliate.  Without their vision and leadership, I would not be here today.  Having attended ISTE a number of times, I saw the power of the knowledge there and so I agreed to be on the new Board.  I started my role as the Membership Coordinator and have seen the organization grow from just the first 10 members (the board), to more than 1,200 members this year!  I also have to thank, Brett Tanaka (President 2013), for being such a great mentor and leader last year while I served as Vice President, and I hope that I am able to fill the shoes of three great leaders this year.

My main goal in being elected president is to continue the initiatives that have been started by my previous presidents, which include:
  • Finding ways to connect the HSTE members for networking, collaboration, and sharing of knowledge and our great events like Meet and Greets, Hawaii get togethers at ISTE, and our ISTE Writing Workshop.
  • Co-Sponsoring the Schools of the Future Conference, which has become the premier local conference for public and private school educators and leaders to connect and learn from each other about 21st Century ideas they can take back to their own classrooms.  Also, to continue the growth of the "tech" week with the start of the Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS Conference) and the EdCamp Honolulu event as well.
  • Providing a calendar of all the Technology Events in Hawaii all in one place (if you have tech events at your school, please email us and we can add it to the calendar)
  • Connecting our members with the ISTE Special Interest Groups to link with other educators around the world for networking and helping to change the world
  • Planning a budget to sustain our initiatives
In addition to our current initiatives, I have a few more than I am hoping to work on this year, which include:
  • Creating HSTE committees, led by our HSTE Board members, to provide more services and benefits to our members
  • Creating a stronger social media presence through Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ connections
  • Expanding the connections HSTE has with other ISTE affiliates.  We have a strong connection with our Alaska members (ASTE); however, I want to look at ways to connect with more of the organizations on the West Coast and around the Pacific.
  • Finding ways to connect HSTE with other associations on the islands for networking and joint initiatives
  • Looking for ways to encourage people from all around the Pacific to come to the Schools of the Future Conference for more worldwide collaboration and connections
I have set some big goals for this year and it will go pretty fast; however, it is better to set the standards high and shoot for the stars!

If you ever have any questions about HSTE, please feel free to contact me anytime at

Welcome to 2014!

Mike Travis, Ph.D.   
HSTE President

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