Tag Archives: free_PD

PD Opportunity: Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 23rd annual Hawaii Conservation Conference takes place at UH Hilo from Monday, August 3 – Thursday, August 6. If you are not working and you are around for the whole thing, they have a pretty interesting line up, including huaka’i sessions on the 4th. However, if you are at work, you can still take advantage of the FREE and open to the public sessions on Wednesday, August 5 from 3:30  8 pm. Check the schedule on the link above. There will be food provided by @musubman of Honolulu and music by Paula Fuga and Hilo’s own Kainani Kahaunaele.

You just never know what you can learn if you don’t go. Remember, you get what you’re supposed to get.

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Nā ʻImi Loa: The Explorers Online Course


What: free online learning course through Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning Department. Their ʻōlelo noʻeau that will inform this class: He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa The canoe is an island, an island a canoe. Registration is open now here and closes on March 1, 2015.

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Highbrow: Investing 5 Minutes a Day for 10 Days



What: Highbrow is a service that lets you do short PD through your email. They are better at selling themselves, so let me just share some of their mana’o.

Highbrow manifesto – let’s master new ideas, feed and spark curiosity, and expand our horizons.

Why: Today we are so ‘well-informed’ on current events, yet lack real depth and breadth of real knowledge.

TV, social media networks and feeds from friends provide mind-numbing entertainment that helps pass plenty of time, without ever really expanding our minds. We are so busy, have less time, and simply don’t find the time to do the work to truly get smarter. Information is plentiful, yet attention and real knowledge is scarce.

Investing just 5 minutes a day in focused exploration of interesting subjects can elevate the mind, broaden horizons, and build true knowledge.

Hack new knowledge via short, 10 part, knowledge building email courses that enrich life, delivered every morning.

Head to http://gohighbrow.com to see what they have to offer and get ready to expand your horizons. 🙂



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Teachers Teaching Teachers (for free)

Kula Waena PD


The best PD is offered by your colleagues because:

  • you know they understand your kids (those kids are their kids too)
  • you know they understand your community (it is their community too)
  • you know they understand what is on your plate


  • you know where they “live” so that you can get your questions answered, get resources, get help

It may just be November, three months into the year, but already you and your colleagues have been to 6 conferences with 2 coming up in the next month or so. Check out all they have learned by spending some time on our Kula Waena PD site. Leave a comment, leave a question, email them for resources. . .just take advantage of the free PD to learn from the best!

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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 edweb.net, 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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HP offers free PD for teachers

HP teaching


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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PD Tuesday: Ed Camp Hawaii


ed camp


What: edcamp Honolulu is a free UnConference where teachers get together to share ideas and get ideas “Aʻo aku aʻo mai” – this is an innovative and free way to take control of your own PD and gather lots of classroom-friendly ideas from other teachers.

When: October 19, 2013 (the day after the Schools of the Future conference)

Where: Iolani School’s Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership

If you are already going to Schools of the Future and would like to stay on to participate, let Cathy know.

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Tuesday Opportunity: Twitter as a PD Tool

Twitter as a free PD Tool

I talked about Pinterest a couple weeks ago, so today is Twitter’s time to shine as another free PD tool. Watch this really quick introduction to the power of Twitter as a PD tool

The key to finding sources of information, like the video says is to use hashtags to search, so here’s a graphic from Teach Thought that will help get you started.




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PD Tuesday Opportunity: Civil Rights Workshop

What: “Civil Liberties and the U.S. Constitution: The Fred Korematsu Story” workshop, sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, for middle and high school teachers interested in teaching about the Japanese-American internment during World War II, civil rights in U.S. constitutional and legal history, and issues of discrimination.

The workshop is on Saturday, January 12, 2013; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Chaminade University of Honolulu, Henry Hall 207

Some travel stipends are available for neighbor island teachers. Contact Mitch Yamasaki at myamasak@chaminade.edu or (808)735-4824 to get more information and reserve a space.


This public event is to gear students up for Fred Korematsu Day on January 30th.



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PD Tuesday: Coursera Offers Online Courses by Top Universities

What: 117 online course offerings in 16 categories (below) offered by the 16 national and international universities above.

Why: Coursera hopes to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. They want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

If you are interested in online course work, try one of these introductory courses to see if you have the temperament for online learning. They are all introductory courses with no prerequisite requirements.

Cost: FREE

Credit: No

Deadline for registration: courses start at different times and run for different time periods, so registration would end before the class starts.

Description: Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. You will watch lectures taught by the professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. You’ll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you.

I just signed up for a technology class and each class will have a YouTube video that gives an overview of the class (below), along with course info, info on instructor(s), course format and FAQs.

E-Learning and Digital Cultures

Thanks @elliemellie aka Ellen Cordeiro for posting this on twitter #KSFaculty

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