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March 2014

The 6th Annual Schools of the Future Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center is open to all public, private, parochial and charter school educators, as well as parents and students, and business and community members, with an expected attendance of 1,200 to 1,500 educators. More than 80 presentations by keynote speakers, featured speakers and classroom teachers will share best practices over the two days of the conference.  It might seem like a long way off, but the 2014 Schools of the Future Conference is right around the corner (Nov. 6/7). You can register to attend here. For those of you who submitted a proposal to speak, the committee will notify you by mid-April. Early bird registration is open through June 30th!

Keynote Speakers:
  • Jane McGonigal - author of the New York Times bestseller Reality is Broken and Ted talk speaker.
  • Dr. Milton Chen - Senior Fellow, The George Lucas Educational Foundation

HSTE President, Mike Travis, visits Alaska to attend the ASTE Conference
The blast of cold when I exited the plane to the jetway, almost made me turn around and get back in my seat; however, I was given a incredible gift by attending the ASTE Conference. read more ...

HSTE Events Updates:
  • The Call for Participation for the Schools of the Future Conference has closed and people who have submitted will be notified by mid-April if their submission was accepted. You can now register for the event here.
  • Next HSTE Kaua'i Meet and Greet, April 10, 2014 from 6 to 8PM, Island School. Click here for a flyer and more details. All HSTE members invited!

Calls for Research Participation:
Two HSTE Members are conducting research and are looking for your help.
HSTE Board Member Truc Nguyen is developing a research proposal to the National Endowment of the Humanities to look at digital citizenship in schools. If funded, the research study would support up to 20 school teachers and staff and 20 students to attend the Schools of the Future Conference for the next two years (2014 and 2015) if they take part in the research interviews and short essay writing. Do you think you might be interested in participating in something like this if it is funded? You can let her know at the Google Form Digital Citizenship Experiences here.

HSTE Member Diane Clayton is conducting research for her dissertation. I am a doctoral candidate seeking to interview 6 to 10 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 or call 808-286-5871. Thanking you in advance for about 30 minutes of your time for 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 and we will add it.
  • 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 on every Tuesday at 7PM HST. More info here.
  • EdTech Mixed Plate - hosted by HSTE Members - Michael, Michelle, Megan, and Rachel - every Sunday night at 8PM. Each episode they share EdTech and Personal Learning Resources. Check the website for archives, upcoming topics, and the calendar of events.
Upcoming Events on the Islands:
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 it.
  • Google Summit Hawaii (March 21st/22nd - plus, pre-summit events) - This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google in Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, and representatives from the Google Apps for Education team. Click here for more details.
  • iTeach 808: Empowering Hawaii's Teachers in Technology (April 12th) - The goal of iTeach808: Empowering Hawaii’s Teachers In Technology is to provide high quality instruction to today’s teachers so they can effectively use technology in their curriculum. More info here.
  • Hawaii Island TechEd Collaborative (HITC) 2014 Conference "Digital Life" (April 17th) - This yearʻs event will be held on the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi High School campus in Keaʻau. This opportunity will offer attendees an engaging keynote speaker, breakout sessions, hands on sessions, table sessions, and resources. More info here.
  • 19th Annual TCC (Technology, Colleges and Community) Worldwide Online Conference (April 22nd - 24th) - TCC, Technology, Colleges and Community, is a worldwide online conference attended by university and college personnel including faculty, academic support staff, counselors, student services personnel, students, and administrators. More info here.
  • Kukulu Kaiaulu: Building Global Communities (June 2-4) - The Kamehameha Information Technology Division is pleased to host “Believe”, the 2014 KS Education Technology Conference. For more information, click here.

ISTE Conference is only 3 Months Away!
Please join us in Atlanta in June for the big ISTE Conference. We will be having a HSTE get together at the event, more details coming soon. Click here to register for ISTE.

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

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