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Last EdTech Conference this Year




I am taking sign ups for this year’s last edtech conference opportunity. Hana Pono is Kamehameha Schools’ Oahu edtech conference with one day of “unconference” activities followed by two full conference days at the Neil Blaisdell Center.  They have a reputation for getting top-notch keynotes (as do we).

The essentials: June 8 (unconference) – June 10, 2015, Honolulu. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Registration is free for KS employees.

The action steps: If you are interested in going, please email me ASAP and let me know if you are interested in the unconference.

I will confirm your email and send the next steps.

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Call for Presenter: HITC


What: Presenters wanted for this year’s Hawaiʻi Island TechEd Conference on March 27, 2015. Remember how much you learned from your colleagues at our Kula Waena tech in-service? This is a great opportunity to share your  manaʻo, your expertise, and share the work you have been doing with your students so your colleagues can benefit from your practitioner experience.

For more information on the conference: http://blogs.ksbe.edu/hitc2015/

To apply to present: http://goo.gl/Yjs1a0

Proposals are due by December 15, 2014

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Call for Proposals: ISTE 2015



As we saw at the Kula Waena tech in-service at the end of August, our faculty have tech-ed integration ideas that other educators can benefit from. Take your manaʻo to a larger stage by submitting a proposal to present at ISTE.

Still feel like you can’t? See Ellen and Kainoa who will tell you that it’s totally doable!

Go to ISTE, read their tips for presentations and submit your great idea online.

Deadline is 11:59 pm, October 1, PT.

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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 @hawaii.ksbe.edu to @ksbe.edu 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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DIY Professional Development

What I am relearning in my 2 weeks of being in the 7th grade English classroom is that teachers crave PD that is relevant to doing a better job in their classrooms, for their kids RIGHT NOW, however, it is too easy to get caught up in the job of teaching and assessing and looking one week, one day, one class period ahead. Too often, PD is offered and we have to struggle to figure out how we could use this on Monday. If we cannot figure it out within 5 minutes, then we often put it out of our mind. Practice makes permanent, but if we cannot figure out where we can “practice” this new strategy or this new tech tool, then it’s out of sight, out of mind.

Here’s a quick, 5 minute mini “film festival” series of choose your own PD videos on how to use new-media tech tools in your classroom. If something catches your fancy, try it out, if not, it was just 5 minutes of your time.

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HP offers free PD for teachers

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What: HP is offering 5 free modules of tech PD for teachers and their first 2 modules are open now. To register, please go here.

Module 1 is on Strategies for Becoming a More Effective Teacher Using Technology

Module 2 is on Using the Framework to Implement Common Core State Standards

The courses promise to be interactive and informative, using a wide variety of media modes to keep your interest. Enjoy!


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Call for Participation: KS Edtech Conference 2014





For our April 17 K-12 Tech slam, “Digital Life,” if you are interested in presenting, please fill out a proposal form here. Submittal deadline is February 28, 2014.

If you went to a conference this year and are wanting to share something you brought back and used in your classroom, this is a safe, friendly venue to share out (part of our after conference kuleana).

Represent 🙂

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Call for Proposals: Schools of the Future 2014



What: Present at the next Schools of the Future conference. The committee is accepting both breakout session and student presentations of their learning proposals. They will accept approximately 50 entries and if your session is chosen, the lead presenter gets 50% off of their registration.

The links to the two types of proposals are found here: http://www.sotfconf.org

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 28, 2014.


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Free, Ongoing Tech PD with Edublogs




What: The Teacher Challenge is a free ongoing professional development series through   Edublogs. Like gaming quests, teachers can complete as many tasks as you want in any order.

It’s all about you choosing when you want to learn, while being supported by mentors would assist you with your learning! Best of all, it’s no pressure. Learn what you need to learn, leave when you need to leave. Either way, feel free to just JUMP IN!


Step 1:  Choose any of the following series you would like to complete:

Series 1: Blogging With Students

Guides you through the process of class and student blogging.

Series 2: Personal Blogging

Guides you through the process of setting up your own personal or professional educator blog.

Series 3: Building a PLN (Personal Learning Network)

Takes you step by step through the process of building your own PLN.

Series 4: 26 Free Web Tools

Learn about 26 different free web tools and how educators use them with their students.

Step 2:  Get started working through the activities!

Remember you can always organize your friends to join you!

Step 3:  Leave a comment on a post!


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Are you Connected?

What: October is Connected Educator month – a focused time to get more educators to connect with each other and to support collaboration and innovation in professional development.

Why: Online communities and learning networks are helping hundreds of thousands of educators learn, reducing isolation and providing “just in time” access to knowledge and opportunities for collaboration. However, many educators are not yet participating and others aren’t realizing the full benefits.

How can you participate? 

Sign up to participate here and get the following perks:

  • Highly interactive webinars and other real-time events—many headlined by education, technology, and community leaders—that you can register to attend.
  • Forums on key education and community issues in which you can participate.
  • Showcases, open houses, launches, exhibits, collaborative projects, polls, and other special activities of which you can partake or be a part.
  • Contests you can enter, badges you can earn, plus other resources ranging from starter kits to book clubs and classes to help you join the world of connected education or become more connected.
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