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HSTE News
August 2015

Welcome Back!
Aloha, all HSTE Members, and welcome back to the new school year!   I hope you were able to get some time to relax, recover, and come up with new ideas for the 2015-2016 school year.

Click here for a re-cap of ISTE 2015 Philly from the HSTE Board Members who attended.
This is a great to re-live the memories from the event or get some great ideas from us on future things you can do in your own classroom.

Other Important Events from HSTE:


We need your nominations for the ISTE Making IT Happen awards! 
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.  Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.   The spirit of the Making IT Happen award supports our vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.

The Hawaii Society for Technology in Education, an affiliate of ISTE, will award two winners this year.  The winners will be honored at the SOTF Conference in November.  The nominations deadline is September 18th, 2015.  To find out more, click here for a flyer.  To nominate a colleague, click here.


Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Hawaii Education Leadership Summit on November 2nd.
The theme of this year's conference is "School Leaders Learning Powerful Ways to Transform Schools".  The Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) is for school leaders who are looking for resources, expertise and strategies to lead and transform their schools.  Whether you are implementing a more robust technology initiative, trying to implement deeper learning practices or aligning curricula to common core, this summit will bring together ideas and people to help you come up with concrete steps to implement your vision.  Click here for see the flyer and to register.


Do you live on Kaua'i?  If so, we have exciting news for you about a grant that can fund travel to SOTF Conference, an upcoming Meet and Greet event, and more!   Click here to see the newsletter.


ISTE Proposal Writing Workshop - HSTE is planning on hosting a half-day event to help HSTE members to prepare their proposals for ISTE 2016 in Denver.  More details coming soon on this event.


HSTE Board Member Nominations - Are you an educator who wants to make a difference across the whole state?  Coming soon, we will be putting out the information you need to nominate yourself to serve on the HSTE Board.  The board positions are three-year terms and we will have five open spots for the 2016-2019 term.

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Other professional development opportunities throughout Hawai'i:
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 info@hste.org and we will add it for free! Here are some of the ones coming up:
  • Deeper Learning Network Workshop (September - November)Deeper Learning Network Workshop for Teachers and Community Resource Partners.  Project funding provided by The Learning Coalition
    • WHEN: Friday, 9/11, 4:00 – 9:00 PM – Location to be determined – Dinner will be provided.
      Saturday, 9/12, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Location to be determined – Breakfast and lunch will be provided
      Wednesday, 11/4, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 2015 Schools of the Future Conference – Breakfast and lunch will be provided
    • WHO: 18 public and charter school teachers, 18 private school teachers, 18 community education resource partners
      • No more than two persons from any one school or organization
      • Each participant will be paid a $200 stipend and provided a complementary two-day badge to attend the Schools of the Future Conference
      • Participants must agree to attend all three sessions of the workshop in order to be included
    • WHY:   To bring together classroom teachers and community organization education resource staff to identify and facilitate project-based learning opportunities for students that interact with community resources.  Agenda will include presentations and discussions to help teachers understand what is available in the community for projects and help community partners understand what teachers are looking for in order to build effective project-based learning opportunities.
    • APPLICATION:  If interested in participating in this workshop, please email Dr. Philip Bossert at pbossert@hais.org before Aug. 20th with your name, email address, phone contact, name of school, and a brief description of your recent PBL-related activities.  Invitations will be sent out on or before Aug. 26th.

  • Education Week - Hawai'i (November 2nd - 7th)

    • November 2nd - HSTE's Hawaii Educational Leadership Summit - at the Hawaii Convention Center - The theme of this year's conference is "School Leaders Learning Powerful Ways to Transform Schools".  The Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) is for school leaders who are looking for resources, expertise and strategies to lead and transform their schools.  Whether you are implementing a more robust technology initiative, trying to implement deeper learning practices or aligning curricula to common core, this summit will bring together ideas and people to help you come up with concrete steps to implement your vision.  Click here for see the flyer and to register.
    • November 3rd - 4th - Seventh Annual Schools of the Future Conference - this is the premier educational event in Hawaii with more than 1,300 educators attending from public, private, charter, parochial, and high-ed schools.  Registration is now open, click here for more information.

    • November 7th - EdCamp Honolulu at Punahou - click here for more information and registration.

Volunteer Opportunities for Students/Teachers:
If you would like to share a volunteer opportunity on this site, just email it to us and we will add it to the newsletter.
  • November 3rd or 4th - Room Monitoring for the Schools of the Future Conference - The School of the Future Committee is looking for a school to provide a group of 15-16 students and one teacher to chaperone for each day of the conference.  It would probably be best if the students were older - 11th or 12th graders as they would need to be responsible for doing head counts at each session, helping assist the presenter if there is a technical problem, and making sure the presenters do not remove any of the equipment.
    • The students would receive a free one-day conference badge, which would include listening to the keynote presentation, access to the exhibit hall, attending sessions throughout the day, and free breakfast & lunch!   We are looking to have one school bring a group each day, so we would need two schools total, one on the 3rd and one on the 4th.
    • The students don’t have to be too tech savvy as we have the convention people to help us this year when there is a problem, but the students are there to make the call and get the support, if needed.
    • This could be a great volunteer opportunity for a school club that is trying to accumulate volunteer hours during the year.
    • If this sounds like an interesting opportunity for your school, please email Mike at info@hste.org for more details.


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. 


Survey Research:
If you have a survey for your educational research, please email us and we will add it to the newsletter. 

  • Request from a Professor in Indiana - This email is being sent to you on behalf of Anne Leftwich from the Instructional Systems Technology Department in the School of Education at Indiana University-Bloomington:

    We are conducting a national study to investigate teachers’ and school technology leaders’ perceptions of the most effective technology-related professional development experiences.  We would like to share these results with school districts and universities to help them offer more relevant technology-related professional development experiences. We value your opinion as you have likely seen many of these experiences (good, bad, and ugly). 

    Specifically, we are interested in hearing about your own professional development (PD) needs for technology integration and your perceptions of effective technology professional development programs. We have created a short survey (5-10 minutes) to capture your perceptions and experiences. 

    Examining Teacher Professional Development for Technology Integration Survey: http://goo.gl/7baL7j

    For your reference, the details about the study can be found in the Study Information Sheet found here: https://iu.box.com/ist-technology-integration.

    Thank you for reading! If you have other inquiries, please feel free to contact Dr. Anne Leftwich at left@indiana.edu at any time.

    Anne T. Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Instructional Systems TechnologyIndiana University – Bloomington, left@indiana.edu


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 dmclayton25@gmail.com 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 info@hste.org 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 - Join the thriving Google+ Community of more than 1,700+ members. 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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