KSEdTech Conference

Our Kamehameha Schools Education Technology Conference was a huge success! The theme this year was Hana Pono, (to work with purpose/passion.)

I was able to promote the conference on Hawai’i Public Radio on the Bytemarks Café talk show.

The goal this year was to make the conference more interactive with a variety of formats, makerspaces, and collaboration areas.

We kicked off the event with a free unconference. We had a nice group.

We were also able to increase student involvement through performances and presentations.

Photo credit @Bytemarks

A highlight for me was running the Soapbox Session.

Learned a lot and met many amazing people. Imua!

Check out the Twitter hashtag #KSEdTech to see more….

Mashup

Our team held its 2nd annual Mashup today at Bishop Hall on the Kapālama campus. It was a huge success. There were approximately 45 educators in attendance. Mashup is a combination of what we like from conferences (experts presenting on relevant topics) and what we like from unconferences (educators empowered to choose their own PD.)

We had an absolute blast (as we always do….)

Mahalo to our amazing team (and to our amazing friends.)

We celebrated the day, our event, and Kimble & Marc’s birthdays at Kikuya’s. Good times….

What a (Re)treat!

Our Kamehameha ETS Team held its annual retreat on November 13-14. It was a great two days of team building, service, and fellowship. We started the day with a tour of Kawaiaha’o Plaza to learn about our different departments at KS. Then we got to visit the Our Kaka’ako office.

We were given a walking tour of Kaka’ako and visited some of the businesses. Here we are relaxing in one of the “parklets”.

Then it was lunch time. We drove down to the Alley Restaurant at ‘Aiea Bowl. This is the signature dish, the Tasty Chicken. Noms.

Then it was “game on.” Unfortunately, I did not bring my “A” game. I believe my lackluster performance was due to the pink trim on the shoes.

We had an absolute blast! It was a great 1st day….

The morning of Day 2 was dedicated to service projects. Our group was given the theme of “conservation.” We volunteered to help out the Kumuola Foundation in Mānoa Valley.

We spent a few hours weeding around the taro patches. Not a bad office view….

Here’s our group pic with Kuki from the Kumuola Foundation. Photo courtesy of @summer_sun.

Lunch was at Dave & Buster’s in Ward. We had a private room and shared presentations about our service projects. We were treated to a buffet lunch and Power Cards. Too fun!

Mahalo to our amazing team and our amazing leaders for a great retreat. What a treat….

My Tool Bag

I work in the EdTech field. So here are some of the “tools of the trade.” I carry a double-gusset briefcase. It makes me “feel” smarter and more professional. I pack a MacBook Air, a Montblanc Starwalker pen, a Burberry compact umbrella, Ray-Ban glasses, an iPhone charger, earbuds, a dongle & clicker (that sounds awkward,) a stack of business cards, and sugar-free gum.

Chop chop….

EdTech reTreat

The Kamehameha Schools Education Technology Services group held its annual retreat this week at the Podium Raceway in Kapolei. It was an amazing two days. Day 1 started off with pule, and then a presentation on servant leadership by Alt Kagesa.

We had a pizza lunch and an impressive spread of refreshments.

Then it was race time. It was an absolute blast! They do a great job at here the raceway. It was a great day of learning and relationship building.

We convened on Day 2 at the Academy of the Pacific (AOP.) After pule, we played a game of Play-Doh charades. Then we were given a surprise challenge. We broke up into teams and were given $25 and 3 hours to perform community service. My awesome team consisted of Erin, Carmen, Kelly, Gary, and Steven. Carmen suggested that we deliver goodie bags to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Because $25 was not enough, we all agreed to chip in our $10 lunch allowance.

We went shopping at Price Busters in Kalihi and Target in Salt Lake. We assembled the goodie bags in the Target parking lot from the back of my truck. We included toys, stickers, bubbles, coloring books, and personally written greeting cards.

We delivered the bags to the reception area. We felt very blessed.

We had lunch at Auntie Pasto’s. Carmen shared about what the Shriners Hospital had done for her daughter. Today was a great day to give back.

We returned to AOP where everyone shared inspiring stories, photos, and experiences. I believe that today, the world became a better place, and we became better people. Ka hana a keu.