Monthly Archives: August 2014

Google Gooru – the Go To Tutorial Site

I asked the question last week, but where are your “go to” sites to build your PLN? Twitter? Facebook? Linkedn?

I just started subscribing to the Google Gooru daily tips and tricks and it has made our institutional Google move from to a little less stressful as I move sites over, change sharing options and figure out the new look and potential of Google drive. I love their super short video tutorials and they started a Gooru University for a little more in depth training in Google.




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Create Your PLN with EdWeb.Net



Who is in your PLN? 

A PLN is a personal learning network, the global version of the water cooler gang or the extended teacher’s lounge. It’s an informal way to learn and share, lurk and contribute. But how do you find people?

I don’t socialize or extend my PLN on, but what I like about this site is their plethora of free webinars. Even if you cannot make a webinar, if you register, they will send you an archive and it’s an hour of free manaʻo to use or lose.

Some that are coming up:

  • Creating a culture of problem-solving in your classroom
  • All hands on deck: Tools for connecting educators, parents and communities
  • Google apps for education: It’s a new year




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National Board Certification Informational Meeting

2014 AUG 19 NBCTOverview


By now, you got an email from our Hope Poʻo Kula Kāhealani Naeʻole Wong announcing the informational meeting for National Board next week. Please take advantage of this meeting if you are at all interested. Also, if you have questions and want to talk to some of our own Kula Waena National Board teachers, please talk to:

  • Cyndi Herron
  • Dan DeMattos
  • Joanne Berryman
  • Tehani Day
  • Auliʻi Nahulu-Kirsch

Also, if you go and feel like this is what you want to pursue, please let me know ( so I can start the budget process for you in October.


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Tech Conference Opportunities for SY14-15

We are currently taking sign ups for the following “technology education” conferences. Please see the descriptors below and if you are a Kula Waena staff member, feel free to fill out the interest survey here to choose your conference option(s). The interest survey will close on August 22, 2014.

1.  HAMS  2014: The New Wave of Learning


What: HAMS is the Hawaii Association of Middle Schools (local affiliate of AMLE)

When: Saturday, October 25

Where: Iolani School (list of initial presentations here)

2. Schools of the Future 2014

schools of the future

What: EdTech conference, Hawai’i’s ISTE

When: November 6 & 7 with the free Unconference on Saturday, November 8

Where: Hawai’i Convention Center

2A. EdCamp Honolulu (connected to SoTF)


What: a free non-agenda’d UnConference

When: November 8, 2014

Where: Mid-Pacific Institute


3. AMLE Conference for Middle Level Educators


 What: Association of Middle Level  Educators

When: November 6-8, 2014

Where: Nashville, TN

4. Kukulu Kaiaulu (tentative)

What: Kamehameha Schools’ Ed Tech conference

When: June 3-4

Where: Honolulu

5. ISTE 2015


What: the Mother of tech conferences (not for the claustrophobic)

When: June 28 – July 1, 2015

Where: Philadelphia