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Conference Sessions - October 17, 2013

7:30 AM – 10:30 AM - Student Showcase

 

Digital Storytelling With iPads
Session Category: Presentation of Learning
Session Speaker: Students of Sacred Hearts Academy

Students from our after school club called Digital Media Club would like to share how they use movie-making (iMovie and their iPads) to make movies to help their community. They won states for the Disney Planet Challenge using their international website on Saving Hawaiian Monk Seals and also runner-up for their blog on Saving Native Hawaiian Plants.

 

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) - Underwater Robotics
Session Category: Presentation of Learning
Session Speaker: Students of St. John Vianney

Students will display their ROV's and discuss engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) skils acquired, while constructing an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum provided by the Marine Advanced Technology Education group (MATE). Throughout the project, students learned engineering concepts, critical thinking, collaboration, and technical applications. Along with tool safety, technical procedures and design skills while using the CAD program.

 

Transforming Classrooms with iPads
Session Category: Presentation of Learning
Session Speaker: Students of St. Anthony School

Students will demonstrate how the iPad has transformed their learning in and out of the classroom. The process of collaborating with their learning community will be showcased along with how they are producing and sharing work with various apps and ePortfolios. In addition, students will display proper digital citizenship and how to replicate this positive model in any classroom.

 

Worldwide School Peace Gardens
Session Category: Presentation of Learning
Session Speaker: Students of University Laboratory School

This presentation features the efforts of several students to incorporate the concepts and networks of the International School Peace Gardens, the Hawaii School Peace Garden Network, the WorldWide Voyage of Hokule'a focusing on malama honua, and citizen science as promoted by National Geographic's Project Noah. The students are working to create a worldwide network of students and schools that share knowledge and practices related to local and global peace and sustainability.

 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 

How to Raise Your Network's IQ !
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: John Efutich

Learn how intelligent network services are enabling hawaii 21st century educational technologies

  • the intelligent network overview
  • educational internet service – bigger, faster, smarter !
  • enabling cloud services – applications & storage
  • distributed denial of service ( ddos ) attacks – how to beat the bad guys !
  • on-line demonstration - how to triple your network bandwidth in less than 15 seconds !

 

 

Personalized Learning and Digital Innovations
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Cheryl Lemke

Personalization of learning is the next frontier. Teachers have been attempting to personalize learning for decades. It is now possible due to the affordability of today’s mobile technologies along with fast, reliable access. But that does not mean it is happening. The real breakthroughs will be in the spirit of innovation among school leaders (in some cases spurred by financial crises) to walk the talk on student centered learning, to redesign learning environments, turning 180 degrees with a razor focus on the students – their interests, prior knowledge, learning preferences, thinking, ideas, and creativity. While personalization should be learner centered, schools have a huge role to play in enabling personalization, while also guiding, coaching, and facilitating student experiences. The environment should have at the ready, learning standards; curated digital content; intelligent adaptive learning systems, adaptive testing; learning analytics, learning opportunities, units designs, tools for students’ production, communication, and thinking; facilitators, coaches, and guides; opportunities for blended, online, and collaborative learning; and more. Join this session to explore the new opportunities and challenges digital learning, open educational resources, and ubiquitous access present to educators. Take a look at some great examples, analyze the learner experience, and outcomes, consider what it takes to personalize learning for your students and teachers, and then take action now that will deepen learning across the curriculum.

 

Customized Learning: It's Inevitable
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Julie Mathieson

Mass Customized Learning describes a technologically empowered, learner focused alternative to our present industrial age, assembly line school structure. What if every day, every learner came to school and was met with customized learning experiences at his or her precise developmental and achievement level, was learning in his or her most effective learning styles with content of interest, was challenged, was successful and left school eager to come back tomorrow? This is not only possible with today's technologies it is Inevitable. Industry has figured out how to mass customize products and services, education is poised for this leap

 

Teaching Toward Global Competence
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Honor Moorman

How can we prepare students for the global innovation age? What happens when we engage students in learning 21st century skills applied to the world? This session will introduce you to the what, why, and how of teaching for global competence – “the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.” We will examine the importance of global education in today's world, unpack the definition and key aspects of global competence, and explore strategies and resources for integrating global competence into your teaching.

 

Principles of Ecology as design framework for Learning Gardens curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment
Session Category: Featured Presentation, Grow Hawaii
Session Speaker: Ming Wei Koh

Participants in this hands-on workshop will explore using the six Principles of Ecology as navigation tools to understand nature and her patterns. These patterns can be used to inform learning garden pedagogy and to design garden- and standards-based curriculum and assessment.

 

Cultivating reflective global citizens through school gardens
Session Category: Featured Presentation, Grow Hawaii
Session Speakers: Dr. Debbie Millikan, Dr. Miki Tomita

The outdoor learning environment can pose unique challenges. Discover how the Philosophy for Children and Habits of Mind tools can be utilized to provide a framework for outdoor learning and exploration resulting in a more meaningful garden experience. Learn how to cultivate school gardens as a context for peace education, from the global to the personal scale. Explore the role of school gardens as a place for reflection and conflict resolution, and how to connect gardens to wider global communities and content areas through peace pathways, global scientific networks and the Worldwide Voyage of Hokule'a to malama honua.

 

Technical skill building through Letry Robotics
Session Category: Featured Presentation, Robotics
Session Speaker: Linda Wong

Just about every electronic appliance in your home contains a printed circuit board of some type: computers, printers, televisions, stereos, musical instrument amplifiers and synthesizers, digital clocks, microwave ovens, telephone answering machines and even cell phones. A breadboard is usually a construction base for prototyping of electronics. The concept of "bread boarding" as prototyping is not confined to electronic design; "mechanical breadboards" have been and continue to be used by mechanical engineers. Because the solderless breadboard for electronics does not require soldering, it is reusable. This makes it easy to use for creating temporary prototypes and experimenting with circuit design, invaluable skills for the 21st century. A variety of electronic systems may be prototyped by using breadboards, from small analog and digital circuits to complete central processing units. Students learn about basic electronics through prototyping with the Letry robotics kit (http://www.letry.com.tw/welcomeeng.html). Each workshop attendee will receive a Letry kit valued at $50 to work with and take back to school along with downloading an instructional power point presentation to your laptop. Each participant must bring 5 AA Alkaline batteries. Limited to 30 participants.

 

Learn How to Use Google Forms to Inform Assessment and Increase Communication
Session Category: Assessment
Session Speaker: Suzanne Acord

Learn how to use (free) Google Forms to inform assessment and planning, increase communication and increase student reflection. Google Forms can provide instant feedback for students, parents and teachers. This presentation is perfect for beginners, intermediates and any teacher who needs less paperwork.

 

Validating School Innovation through the Lens of the WASC Accreditation Process: Telling the Story of Culture-Based Education
Session Category: Charter Schools
Session Speaker: Natalie Nimmer

There are 17 Hawaiian-focused public charter schools in Hawai’i. This diverse group of schools shares a common focus, where cutting edge instruction and learning are grounded in the values, norms, knowledge, beliefs, practices and language that are the foundation of Native Hawaiian culture. Supported by a partnership between Kamehameha Schools and the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools, Hawaiian Focused Charter Schools are gaining recognition of their innovative programs through the WASC Accreditation Process. Workshop participants will learn:

  • The nuts and bolts behind the accreditation support partnership;
  • The unique approaches that underpin Hawaiian Focused Education;
  • Strategies for constructively engaging school communities in a process of self-reflection and continuous improvement, and
  • Storytelling as a tool to highlight the unique advantages of culture-based education.

 

 

Monitor, Mentor, Motivate! The Evolving Role of the Learning Coach in 21st Century Schools
Session Category: Curriculum & Instruction
Session Speaker: Raymond Mohrman

As education untethers itself from desks and chalkboards, the role of the learning coach evolves in terms of student support, curriculum delivery and community building. The learning coach, a key component in the pyramid of power that supports student learning both virtually and face to face plays an integral role in connecting student, curriculum, parent, teachers and community. This workshop will offer the opportunity for participants to imagine the role that learning coaches could play in student instruction, both through exploration of best practices and brainstorming of possible integration opportunities at your school.

 

The iPad Field Trip: Collaboration With iBooks Author
Session Category: Digital Media
Session Speakers: Dana Len, Douglas Kiang, Nancy Montgomery

This workshop will provide practical advice and ideas on several topics of interest: e-publishing, student-centered content development, and the use of mobile devices on field trips. We will present a framework for structuring student work prior to a field trip, and share tips on creating a collaborative field trip guide rich with multimedia and personal observations. We will also talk about the technical side of authoring in iBooks Author, and provide some tips for combining student work into one volume and distributing it to multiple iPads. These tips and suggestions will help teachers who want to make more out of field trips by involving kids in actively researching, constructing, and sharing.

 

Alaska's Learning Network: Making Education Accessible
Session Category: Online Learning
Session Speaker: Roxanne Mourant

Hear about a statewide coalition in Alaska bringing together steller teachers and blended course offerings. See how the structure and processes have enabled collaboration statewide between all education agencies, including all K-12 public school districts, council of school administrators, universities, school boards, Dept. of Education and many more. All courses and resources are vetted and shared out on a creative common license through Alaska's Digital Sandbox.

 

Factors that Affect Student Engagement in Online Learning for Early Childhood Educators
Session Category: Online Learning
Session Speaker: Elizabeth Park

Research on online learning suggests that the affective domain remains inadequately addressed for online students (Hoffman, 2009; O'Regan, 2003; Shen, Wang, & Shen, 2009). The purpose of this mixed method case study is to examine factors that enhance the affective domain for early childhood educators taking online and blended courses. We hope that this study will provide information to help early childhood program administrators and faculty necessary components in designing online instruction that promote affective domain for learning.

 

Designing and Implementing Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
Session Category: Project Based/Design Thinking
Session Speaker: Heather Colabro, Deb Faber

In this session, you will learn how to implement project-based learning in your classroom. We will explore practical strategies for project design that include Adria Steinberg's 6 A's: Authenticity, Academic Rigour, Applied Learning, Active Exploration, Adult Relationships, and Assessment. Additionally, we will discuss and share strategies for creating benchmarks for projects. You will also leave with a workable project design template.

 

Project Based STEM Education With Results
Session Category: Project Based/Design Thinking
Session Speakers: Evelyn Zayas, Ed Dennis

A two person panel will introduce a project based STEM and bio medical science curriculum that is engaging K-12 students in all 50 states. Attendees will learn about recent research literature completed on the curriculum and they will hear about successful classrooms in Hawaii and western states from the presenters who are from Hawaii and Oregon. Audience members will participate with actual robotics and hands-on teaching tools from the bio medical science curriculum.

 

Transforming Classrooms with iPads
Session Category: Technology Integration in the Classroom
Session Speakers: Elizabeth Garrison, Laree Ott, Marcia Braden, and Terryl Stewart

Learn how a team of Middle School teachers planned and implemented a successful 1:1 iPad program along with all of their triumphs and failures. The teachers will share how the students initially received the iPads at the beginning of the school year to how the devices are employed in all of their classes. Examples on how to incorporate Digital Citizenship and collaborating with tools such as Edmodo, Socrative, and Back Channels will be discussed as well as production apps. Projects concentrating in Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies will be highlighted and presented from student managed electronic portfolios.

 

Working SMARTer in the iPad Classroom
Session Category: Technology Integration in the Classroom
Session Speaker: Robert Pohl

Whether it's iPads or laptops, many teachers and their students are using student devices to engage learning with the 4C's: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. In this hands-on session come see and put-to-practice the strategies other teachers across North America are using to increase the effectiveness of their student device implementation. Products highlighted include SMART Board, SMART Notebook 11, SMART Bridgit, SMART Response VE, and the SMART Notebook app for iPad.

 

Digital Citizenship and Digital Natives
Session Category: Technology Integration in the Classroom
Session Speaker: Renee Teraoka

Do Digital natives + technological tools = responsible digital citizens? Come to learn more about what one school does to promote digital citizenship.

 

 

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

 

Next Generation Librarian Institute - Part 1 of 2
Session Category: Featured Presentation
Session Speakers: Joanna Dunn, Faith Ishiahra

The rapidly changing world of teaching and learning requires school librarians to evolve and acquire new skills, knowledge, and tools to best serve students in the 21st century. With the Hawaii State Department of Education's implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the Educator Effectiveness Evaluation system, and the AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner, we will be addressing the questions: What is the big picture for librarians, Where are we now and where would we like to go, and How do we get where we want to go. Participants will actively engage in discussions and hands on activities that introduce tools, systems, and professional development opportunities to help librarians to continue to play a critical and essential role in student achievement. This session is strongly recommended for all Hawaii State Department of Education School Librarians.

 

Plant the seeds for challenge-based learning/STEM in the Garden
Session Category: Featured Presentation, Grow Hawaii
Session Speakers: Marcia Braden, Joyce N. Luka

Gardens can provide the 'seed' for student developed learning challenges. St. Anthony school will share how their gardens have provided the catalyst for student-centered, authentic, learning challenges for both after-school clubs and whole classes. These projects have provided opportunities for students to develop the Four C's of 21st Century Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Creativity. Then, explore authentic and standards-based activities that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical concepts into the garden with examples from Palolo Elementary School. Look for the 'Healthy Garden, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Environment' exhibits by St. Anthony School students in the Presentations of Learning sessions from 7:30-8:30am and 10:00-10:30am.

 

Learning life skills through VEX robotics…a tool to inspire career choices
Session Category: Featured Presentation, Robotics
Session Speaker: Joan Okai

The VEX Robotics Design System (http://www.vexrobotics.com/vex) offers students an exciting, affordable and sustainable platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. It also allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the level of students’ abilities. The affordable VEX platform is expanding rapidly and is now found in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and university labs around the globe. Hawaii has ranked in the top 10 states in team participation with over 160 elementary, junior high and high school teams, and has earned 17 world championship qualifying slots for the 2013-2014 school year awarded through the state championship. A new program called the VEX IQ (http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq) will be offered in Hawaii for elementary schools with a state championship scheduled for Pearlridge Center. Learn how to start a VEX (VRC) or a VEX IQ program at your school.

 

Teaching for Transfer
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Dr. Marc Chun

The complex issues we face today require a key set of problem-solving skills. How can schools best prepare students to be ready to take on these challenges? How can they help ensure students have the "deeper learning" skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and metacognition, as well as have the content knowledge they need?

 

How to Raise Your Network's IQ !
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: John Efutich

Learn how intelligent network services are enabling hawaii 21st century educational technologies

  • the intelligent network overview
  • educational internet service – bigger, faster, smarter !
  • enabling cloud services – applications & storage
  • distributed denial of service ( ddos ) attacks – how to beat the bad guys !
  • on-line demonstration - how to triple your network bandwidth in less than 15 seconds !

 

Creating an Online Collaborative Research Program
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Jill Florant

Come learn about Edmodo - the free social learning platform for education. In Edmodo's secure environment, teachers and students can collaborate, share content, and use educational apps in an engaging 21st century environment. These powerful capabilities enable teachers to personalize learning for every student, better collaborate with peers, and enhance professional development. This will be a hands-on session so bring your laptop or device! By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Create groups and post notes, assignments, quizzes, polls
  • Organize and share materials/resources through the Edmodo Library
  • Discover and utilize digital content on the Edmodo platform

 

World Class Learning and Teaching with Technology - Insights from Research and Practice
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Steve Moss

Drawing on the latest research into the effectiveness of technology in education and illustrated with examples of outstanding pedagogy from around the world, Steve Moss makes the case for an evidence-led approach to innovation with digital technology and exposes some of the myths that have spread over the past thirty years and led to potentially wasteful spending.

 

STREAM: A Pedagogy of Place
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Mark Standley

Placed-based education provides students with the means to come to know themselves, their communities, and their culture. Creating a sense of place means provide students with the tools of STREAM (STEM plus Reading and Art) and the values and insights of culture. Dr. Standley will provide a detailed pedagogy of place based up work co-created by Alaskan and Hawaiian educators at the University of Alaska’s STREAM Institute. The Institute’s foundations are culture, tablet technology, the methods embedded in each discipline of STREAM, inquiry-based learning and integrating Common Core Standards. Working with STREAM team leaders from Alaska and Hawaii, native Alaskan elders, high school students as facilitators, and state/federal agency and industry experts as partners, the Institute developed pedagogy of place for educators to use in schools. This presentation will detail that pedagogy and share ways to combine these foundations to help students build a sense of place.

 

The Journey to Online & Blended Learning
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Julie Young

Since its founding in 1997, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has been changing the landscape of student learning. As the country's first, statewide Internet-based public high school, today, FLVS is an established leader in developing and providing virtual Kindergarten-12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the United States and the world. Julie Young, one of the world’s leading innovative educators and President and CEO of FLVS, will discuss the evolution of online and blended learning.

 

Vlogging for Reflection and Assessment
Session Category: Assessment
Session Speaker: Amy Burvall

Video blogging is a refreshing way to transform more traditional assessments such as essays into creative, student-driven presentations of knowledge. This presentation will offer tips, tools, and examples, including a variety of styles such as Common Craft, RSA animate, documentary, stop-motion, screen capture, and the ubiquitous "talking head". You will find that when students vlog they are generally more passionate about demonstrating and reflecting on their learning, and even the more timid individuals can often gain confidence, allowing for a different perspective on their progress.

 

Charter Schools: Another Option for Parents to Educate Their Children
Session Category: Charter Schools, K-12
Session Speakers: Frederick A. Birkett

Charter schools are public institutions, supported by public funds. However, they have greater freedom from state rules and regulations than traditional public schools. Most charters are created by groups of parents and educators seeking alternatives to the public school curriculum or philosophy. Each school’s charter is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. The emergence of school choice has been a blessing for many parents who simply could not find a public alternative they felt would meet the academic and social needs of their children.

 

Charter Schools Accreditation Training Workshop - Part I
Session Category: Charter Schools
Session Speaker: Natalie Nimmer

This workshop is for educators - primarily charter school administrators, faculty and staff - who wish to find out more about the accreditation process for charter schools and/or who wish to be considered as a possible accreditation team member for a charter school accreditation visit.

 

Don't Let It Loose! Using technology to teach about invasive species
Session Category: Curriculum & Instruction
Session Speakers: Luisa Castro, Carolyn Kiro

Hawaii has always been challenged with invasive species impacting the natural biodiversity of the islands. Don't Let It Loose! is a free interactive science-based module to teach your students about the hazards posed by invasive species and the release of non-native plants and exotic pets into our environment. Discover the benefits of utilizing this science curriculum while engaging your students with technology tools within the classroom. Learn about online interactive learning in a fun and educational way while helping to protect our fragile island ecosystem.

 

Scratch This!!!
Session Category: Curriculum & Instruction
Session Speaker: Jeffrey Piontek

The educational climate is changing. There is a downpour of new standards emphasizing 21st century skills. How will you meet them while keeping the students engaged? Scratch, the free cross-platform application, can help by allowing students to create games thus promoting creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, preloaded with the software, and pre-registered with a Scratch account (http://scratch.mit.edu/signup) so they may follow along as we build a simple game. Overall, this workshop will provide an overview of the software, basic programming concepts, and resources for future lessons.Scratch is a free programming language created for students aged 8 - 16, but has been used with younger and older students. With Scratch, students employ logic, problem solving, and creativity to develop interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Scratch utilizes a variety of math concepts, but can be effectively applied to express and expand upon ideas, scenarios, and a host of other situations in all subject areas. This "Hands-On" workshop will focus on Scratch basics, lesson ideas, plus the opportunity to build your own Scratch project.

 

New Directions in Blended Learning
Session Category: Online Learning
Session Speaker: Kimble McCann

In this round table discussions, these innovative instructors and their project evaluator will reflect upon their initial foray into blended learning across a tri-campus institution. They will share their experiences, insights and resources to in an connect and collaborate with stakeholders in blended learning across the State of Hawai'i. Individuals at all skill levels and knowledge of blended learning are welcome and ecouraged to attend!

 

Beyond the Walls of the Classroom: Creating Projects With Purpose, Passion, and Play
Session Category: Project Based/Design Thinking
Session Speaker: Kerri Schweibert

In today’s world of informational abundance, teachers are no longer the omniscient source of knowledge. Therefore, education is not about attaining knowledge; it is now about figuring out what to do with it. In Tony Wagner’s latest book, Creating Innovators, he discusses the importance of students learning-by-doing, and the 3 key elements that drive the innovative spirit in children: Play, Passion, and Purpose. But how do we effectively weave these components throughout our classroom? In this session, the presenter will put theory into practice by telling the story of how one of her high school English classes utilized technology to successfully collaborate on an open-ended challenge-based project. There was no assignment sheet, there was no objective, there was no established due date. The only stipulation was that it must have an impact beyond the walls of our classroom. By giving students the creative freedom to work together and establish their own meaning, Wagner’s 3 key elements naturally occurred. Our students are capable individuals. Let’s put their talents to work.

 

Education FOR sustainability - what, why, and how.
Session Category: Project Based/Design Thinking
Session Speaker: Ming Wei Koh

Education FOR sustainability (EfS) is different from education ABOUT sustainability. EfS is a transformative learning process. This participatory workshop will help educators understand that EfS is not just an add-on to an already full plate, but it is the plate itself. "A sustainable society is one that is far-seeing enough, flexible enough, and wise enough not to undermine either its physical or its social systems of support." Donella Meadows

 

Creating an Online Collaborative Research Program
Session Category: Technology Integration
Session Speaker: Kristina Holzweiss

The Common Core Standards require students to research in-depth and react to written text. Often times, teachers have little time to address the research process, and school librarians don't see their students often enough to provide sufficient practice and reinforcement. Creating and maintaining a website with an online research handbook enables educators to provide their students with much needed support before, during, and after school hours. Embedded documents, videos, and activities assist students become independent learners. In person and online collaboration is also an important Common Core standard that helps students to contribute productively to projects within and outside of the classroom. In a profession of isolation where districts are fortunate to have even one certified librarian in each school, school librarians and library programs benefit when they connect with one another, their colleagues, their students, their parents, and even with other educators worldwide. Participants will learn how to create an interactive, online classroom through Edmodo where their students can collaborate with one another together synchronously and asynchronously.

 

Using VIDEO to enhance a child’s CREATIVITY and COMMUNICATION skills
Session Category: Technology Integration
Session Speakers: Heidi McGivern, Christopher Coats

Creativity and Communication becomes simplified when you are using the right tools. Presenters will be sharing how to integrate writing and video to create a short film or a book trailer (iMovie) that is easy and fun for all. Students become leaders when they know how to communicate properly. Presenters will share how students can facilitate the learning process in and outside the classroom.

 

 

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

 

Next Generation Librarian Institute - Part 2 of 2
Session Category: Featured Presentation
Session Speakers: Joanna Dunn, Faith Ishihara

The rapidly changing world of teaching and learning requires school librarians to evolve and acquire new skills, knowledge, and tools to best serve students in the 21st century. With the Hawaii State Department of Education's implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the Educator Effectiveness Evaluation system, and the AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner, we will be addressing the questions: What is the big picture for librarians, Where are we now and where would we like to go, and How do we get where we want to go. Participants will actively engage in discussions and hands on activities that introduce tools, systems, and professional development opportunities to help librarians to continue to play a critical and essential role in student achievement. This session is strongly recommended for all Hawaii State Department of Education School Librarians.

 

STEM medley… Establishing a STEM/Robotics Camp, Introduction to new STEM educational tools, Global STEM Collaboration
Session Category: Featured Presentation, Robotics
Session Speaker: Art Kimura, Rene Kimura

Learn how STEM/Robotics Camps empower student leaders, builds a school pipeline, and provides a significant fundraiser for schools with the growing parent and student interest, and how to start your own camp. ARTEC Educational products (http://www.artec-educational.com/) are a significant new, affordable resource for camps and classrooms (samples will be available along with a discount coupon). Learn about global opportunities in STEM education for students and educators through Hawaii school experiences in the Japan Super Science Fair (http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/fkc/jssf2012/index.html), hosted in Kyoto, Japan, the International Micro Robot Contest hosted at Nagoya University (http://imd.eng.kagawa-u.ac.jp/maze/index_e.html) and Hawaii’s own Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit which hosted students and educators from Japan, China, India and Canada, July 2013.

 

Encouraging Affective Learning in School Gardens
Session Category: Featured Presentation, Grow Hawaii
Session Speakers: Debbie Millikan, Dr. Miki Tomita

Debbie Millikan will present the Philosophy for Children and Mindfulness tools she incorporates into garden education.

 

Becoming a Leader: Helping Students Learn to Make a Difference Across the Disciplines
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Maureen Breeze

Some students are natural born leaders. Others don't see themselves as such, but with help can learn to lead in their own lives, their schools, and communities. As educators, our goal is to help students see the many ways they can influence the world around them, whether it's through their unique perspectives on life, their passion for a particular subject, or their heightened sense of empathy, compassion, and sense of equity. This interactive session gives participants working with students hands on strategies that help students develop vision for what’s possible, earn the respect to lead, effectively problem-solve and communicate, and mobilize teams. Participants walk away with innovative activities and resources to prepare students to become peer mentors and leaders who make a difference in the lives of others at their schools and in their communities.

 

Connect and Collaborate with Edmodo
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Jill Florant

Come learn about Edmodo - the free social learning platform for education. In Edmodo's secure environment, teachers and students can collaborate, share content, and use educational apps in an engaging 21st century environment. These powerful capabilities enable teachers to personalize learning for every student, better collaborate with peers, and enhance professional development. This will be a hands-on session so bring your laptop or device! By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Create groups and post notes, assignments, quizzes, polls
  • Organize and share materials/resources through the Edmodo Library
  • Discover and utilize digital content on the Edmodo platform
Not all digital natives are alike: Considering your students' tech savviness
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Thanh Truc Nguyen

Digital citizenship is more than knowing how quickly to find a YouTube video, navigating facebook, instagram, and pinterest, and fast flying thumbs in messaging. It's understanding your role and impact when using digital communication technologies as well as the good ol' values of respect, kindness, helping, and understanding. We generally accept that our students are more tech savvy than teachers, but as educators, we should be more direct about expectations of online behavior. There are some amazing examples of digital citizenship by our teachers and our students as well as some glaring, let's just say, non examples. In this session, we'll review some new data about Internet use from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and introduce you to the W.I.S.E. Kids program (Web and Internet-Safe Educated ) developed by CRDG.

 

STREAM: A Pedagogy of Place
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Mark Standley

Placed-based education provides students with the means to come to know themselves, their communities, and their culture. Creating a sense of place means provide students with the tools of STREAM (STEM plus Reading and Art) and the values and insights of culture. Dr. Standley will provide a detailed pedagogy of place based up work co-created by Alaskan and Hawaiian educators at the University of Alaska’s STREAM Institute. The Institute’s foundations are culture, tablet technology, the methods embedded in each discipline of STREAM, inquiry-based learning and integrating Common Core Standards. Working with STREAM team leaders from Alaska and Hawaii, native Alaskan elders, high school students as facilitators, and state/federal agency and industry experts as partners, the Institute developed pedagogy of place for educators to use in schools. This presentation will detail that pedagogy and share ways to combine these foundations to help students build a sense of place.

 

ConnectEd Studios: a digital platform designed to “power up” the 21st century classroom
Session Category: Featured Speaker
Session Speaker: Dave Yanofsky

Today’s students are digital natives – their world, and future opportunities are shaped by technology, yet all too often they are asked to “power down” when they come to school. Because students have limited access to the digital tools that are so ubiquitous in all other aspects of their lives, educators are missing a valuable opportunity to connect with their students and engage them in their ‘native language.’ ConnectEd Studios fills this void by tapping into student interest and by harnessing technology to support the development of critical 21st Century skills. One of the core features of ConnectEd Studios allows students and teachers to connect virtually with industry and community partners. By breaking down the walls between industry and school, students make the connection from the classroom to the world-of-work. Learning becomes relevant because it has meaning beyond the class, and students find an answer to the question, “Why do I need to know this?” Industry partners access easy-to-use annotation and feedback tools, leveraging their expertise by providing authentic critiques of student work and informing project design for teachers.

 

Major Shifts with the Common Core - Are You (and Your Students) Ready?
Session Category: Charter Schools
Session Speakers: Kaholo Daguma, Sue Deuber

Presenters will share the Major Shifts in English Language Arts and the Mathematical Practices with the Common Core. Time will be spent unpacking sample assessment items from the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium.

 

Charter Schools Accreditation Training Workshop - Part II
Session Category: Charter Schools
Session Speaker: Natalie Nimmer

This workshop is for educators - primarily charter school administrators, faculty and staff - who wish to find out more about the accreditation process for charter schools and/or who wish to be considered as a possible accreditation team member for a charter school accreditation visit.

 

Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project: What's Going Right?
Session Category: Curriculum & Instruction
Session Speaker: Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka

The Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project (HPPEP) aims to bring out the best in students, parents, and teachers by focusing attention on what's going right and providing research-based services. Learn how HPPEP came to be, what it is, initial data results, project highlights, and lessons learned.

 

The Neuroscience of Decision-Making: A Framework for Program Design
Session Category: Curriculum & Instruction
Session Speaker: Michael Walker

As educators, from teachers to trustees, our ability to make decisions is often the most significant determinant of our personal and professional success.This session will be an overview of some of the foundational research on the neuroscience of decision-making, and an introduction to a "program matrix" - a tool designed to guide the sequence of decisions that unfold during the process of creating programs and designing curriculum. Using the "program matrix" participants will have the opportunity to frame decisions their schools have under consideration.

 

Using EEG analysis to study learning
Session Category: Curriculum & Instruction
Session Speakers: Bill Wiecking, HPA Students

Using a prototype EEG brain headset, HPA students are recording baseline EEG on sample students in grades K, 3, 5, 8, and 11, starting in the spring, to be compared to data from the same groups one year later. How does education change brain activity in different areas of the brain? How can we compare different learning methods and tools? How do iBooks and textbooks differ in brain response?

 

Experience the complete Educator Effectiveness System and Buzz the Personalized Learning System
Session Category: Curriculum & Instruction
Session Speaker: Dan Yahata

In this session, participants will be introduced to the Educator Effectiveness System, and provided with a sneak peak into a new personalized learning platform called "Buzz," being piloted in Detroit schools this year. SINET Director of Business, Brian Chandler will join us through video conferencing to share the data results from the 1st year of implementation in Detroit, and a preview this exciting new learning platform for student personalized learning. Bring your laptops to this presentation and check out the EES system live. All participants will receive a free 30 day trial to the EES system.

 

Integrating Journalism
Session Category: Digital Media
Session Speaker: John Allen III

Being innovative is what Waianae High School Searider Productions is all about. With over 350 students and 3 majors covering journalism, film production, animation, and graphic design, teachers have found ways to integrate the different types of media to create a more effective and efficient work environment. In this session, you will see how journalism is integrated into the yearbook, the Web, video production, social media, blogging, and print.

 

Designing and Implementing Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
Session Category: Project Based/Design Thinking
Session Speakers: Heather Calabro, Deb Faber

In this session, you will learn how to implement project-based learning in your classroom. We will explore practical strategies for project design that include Adria Steinberg's 6 A's: Authenticity, Academic Rigour, Applied Learning, Active Exploration, Adult Relationships, and Assessment. Additionally, we will discuss and share strategies for creating benchmarks for projects. You will also leave with a workable project design template.

 

Engineering and Design (with Science) in the Elementary School
Session Category: Project Based/Design Thinking
Session Speaker: P. Matthew Dillon

IPA use to have science as a "special" for all elementary grade levels. Now that we are becoming an IB school, our PYP (elementary) program has placed the teaching of science back into the classroom. This gave us a great opportunity to teach a STEM type class to this age group. Using the "Engineering is Elementary" program from the Science Museum of Boston and our own ideas and themes, we offer our kdg through 5th grade the chance to incorporate engineering & design topics with science concepts (along with some language arts and math) for a hands on, project based, design thinking class. I would like to present what we do in a hands-on/presentation format.

 

Mapping The Mind With Pearltrees
Session Category: Technology Integration in the Classroom
Session Speakers: Matthew Baylor, Cody Rodriguez

A hands-on interactive demonstration on how to utilize Pearltrees, a free online tool which can be used for cross-disciplinary lesson planning and projects, in-class collaboration, and student portfolio building. Participants will use Pearltrees to help organize their ideas and resources in a manner that is creative and relevant to them while also raising digital citizenship standards for K-12 students in a fun and creative way. Flash capable, or iOS devices will be needed.

 

Google Docs & Edmodo: Leveraging the Power of Collaboration
Session Category: Technology Integration in the Classroom
Session Speaker: Liz Castillo

Collaboration is a key 21st century skill that all students need to master. By incorporating collaborative tools in your classroom, you can make learning fun, engaging, and meaningful. Come and see how Google Docs and Edmodo can be used to support this type of learning environment. Participants will get an introduction and overview of collaborative features of Google Docs and Edmodo and how these tools work together. Tips and examples for both tools will be shared.