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January 2015

Welcome to 2015!   It is hard to believe that we have come so far in so short a time.

Special Messages:
  • "It has been a great year as the HSTE President, from trips to Alaska, a keynote at the HLA meeting, and ISTE in Atlanta ..."   read more here  (Mike Travis' Farewell Message as HSTE President)

  • Elizabeth's welcome message ... read more here (Elizabeth Garrison's Welcome Message as HSTE's 2015 President)
Introducing the HSTE 2015 Executive Board:
  • Elizabeth Garrison, 2015 President
  • Michael Fricano II, President Elect
  • Megan Cummings, Treasurer
  • Melissa Hardy, Secretary
  • Mike Travis, Past President
You can read about all the HSTE Board members on this page.


I hope you were able to attend some of the great events during Education Week Hawai'i.

The week started with the Hawai'i Education Leadership Summit (HELS) on Wednesday run by HSTE board members.  The event was attended by more than 60 education leaders from around the state including more than 16 schools from private, public, parochial and charter schools.  Participants shared ideas about how technology and online resources are being utilized in the schools.  Roundtable discussions provided a chance for schools to share what they were doing and learn from each other.  Goal setting time allowed schools to make plans for the future based on their learning.  Look for details in early 2015 for the next summit event!

Continuing the week, was the 6th Annual Schools of the Future Conference.  HSTE was proud to once again be a cooperating partner in helping to pull off this huge event.  Attended by more than 1,400 educators from around the state, this is the premier gathering to talk about education.  Thank you to all HSTE members that volunteered to assist with the conference and to everyone who visited our HSTE Bookstore to purchase books.  This was the first year that HSTE tried hosting a bookstore and it was very successful bringing in a small profit that will help HSTE to continue its goals in 2015 for all members; however, the main goal was to get books into the hands of educators, and by selling more than 200 books, it was a success!

One of the best moments was when HSTE awarded the ISTE Making IT Happen awards!   This year's winners are:  Michelle Colte (Hale Kula Elementary) and Linda Lindsay (Seabury Hall).   To read more about the two winners and see pictures, go here.  Do you have someone at your school who should win this award?   Look for details coming in mid-2015 to nominate someone for next year's awards.

The week ended with EdCamp Honolulu at Mid-Pacific.  The second annual EdCamp Honolulu was a huge success this year! The event was full of new relationships, networking, and powerful conversations! The EdCamp Honolulu planning committee would like to thank Mid-Pacific Institute for offering the space, the time, and the planning of the event, our principal sponsors Chaminade University of Honolulu and the University of Pheonix College of Education, as well as all of our Major and In Kind sponsors! Stay tuned for information for EdCamp Honolulu 2015!


So where does HSTE go from here?  We need your thoughts ...
As one of 1,900+ members of HSTE, we want to hear from you about what you think HSTE should be doing to support educators and learning around the state.   We would love for you to take five minutes and fill out our survey - click here.  Please fill out this survey by January 30th, when we will tabulating the data and making plans for 2015 based on your feedback.

Other HSTE News:
HSTE Kaua'i - click here for the Kaua'i group newsletter and stay current with activities by going to the page.  Upcoming events include:  Google Apps for Education Workshops and Applications due for grant funding to travel to the Schools of the Future Conference and EdCamp Honolulu.

Other Upcoming Events on the Islands:
Educational professional development is going on throughout the islands. 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! Here are a couple of ones coming up:
  • February 28th - HCTM Annual Conference - "Out of the Box".  Join mathematicians from around the state.  More information and registration click here.

  • March 17th - 19th - This year marks our 20th anniversary of Technology, Colleges and Community (TCC), the longest running virtual conference in the nation. For 19 years, a virtual community of learners has shared and interacted about research and best practices for using technology to deliver instruction online. For this 20th year, we decided to provide a venue for participants to meet face-to-face and what better place to meet than at the UH Manoa campus?  Registration for the TCC 2015 Worldwide Online Conference, Hawaii 2-0: The Future is Now, is available:  Click here for registration -

  • March 20th - 21st - Third annual EdTechTeam Hawaii Summit featuring Google for Education to be held `Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 20 & 21, 2015.This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for 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.  For more info and to register, click on the link below:

  • March 27th - Hawaii Island TechEd Collaboration Conference - Open to teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, and support staff, this opportunity offers attendees engaging keynotes speakers, breakout sessions, hands-on sessions, table sessions, and more!  Opening keynote by Jim Sill and closing keynote by Jenny Magiera!  Check the website for more information:

  • November 3rd - 4th - Seventh Annual Schools of the Future Conference - Call for proposals are now open, click here.

Job Openings around Hawai'i:
If you would like to share a job opening on this site, just email it to us and we will add it to the newsletter.

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

  • The call for proposals for the 2015 Schools of the Future Conference is open!.  
    This year, we will also be offering a 2-1/2 hour workshop option, so if you are interested in presenting a hands-on workshop, this will be an option to propose.  The deadline for proposals to present at SOTF is March 13th.  
    Click here to go to the site.

Grants for your Schools:
Click here to go to our grants page where we share any grants we know about that you can apply for, here is a new one on the list:
  • THINK Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation - Innovation and exploration have been characteristics of Hawai‘i throughout history. The first Polynesians who populated these islands were at the forefront of science and technology for their times, designing and sailing canoes and navigating by the stars in search of new land and new opportunities. Our recent and future endeavors promoting a fertile environment for science and technology represent continuations of this long tradition. As a member of the growing high-tech economy in Hawai‘i, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Partnership has made a commitment to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education on Hawai‘i Island. As one of the greatest equalizers, education can also strengthen our workforce and economy so that families and communities thrive. The TMT created The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund at Hawai‘i Community Foundation in October 2014 to provide grants, scholarships and community leadership to further this purpose. Click here for more information and to apply.

Calls for Research Participation:
One HSTE Members is conducting research and is looking for your help.
HSTE Member Debra Clayton is conducting research for her dissertation. I am a doctoral candidate seeking to interview five 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 your 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 to the list.
  • 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, every Tuesday at 7PM HST. More info here.

  • EdTech Mixed Plate - hosted by HSTE Members - Michael, Michelle, Megan, and Rachel - Sunday nights at 7PM. Each episode they share EdTech and Personal Learning Resources. Check the website for archives, upcoming topics, and a calendar of events.

  • GEG (Google Educators Group) Hawaii Google+ Community - Every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm-8pm HST, watch the Google+ LIVE Hangout and participate in a variety of Google Apps for Education and Education related trainings. Ask questions and participate in the discussion! Join the thriving Google+ Community. Share your resources, ideas, and lesson activities, and ask questions!

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

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