mauilibrarian2's 10 Nominations for the 2013 Edublogs Awards #eddies13

This is a fantastic reflective exercise for me!

I had even more fun picking my favorites this year than last.

I hope you find new people on this list who will inspire you, as they have inspired me.

Best individual blog - One of the EdCamp Movement's founders, Kristen Swanson, is in my exclusive Google+ MVP circle. Her Teachers as Technology Trailblazers blog is a must-read.

Best group blog - I agree with Larry Ferlazzo's nomination of MiddleWeb. I don't subscribe to very many email newsletters, and I really look forward to receiving SmartBrief, MiddleWeb's thrice-weekly email.

Best new blog - The Learning Pond. A new interesting voice to learn from: Grant Lichtman, who started this blog in March of 2012. Thanks to +Sean Wilson for the lead. I'm not sure if I can nominate two. If so, I would also include Jennifer Magiera's Teaching Toward Tomorrow, which is equally as good.

Best class blog - Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog (again). Her students are so lucky to have her.

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog - Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners+Susan Oxnevad offers an array of visual resources, with an emphasis on Google tools. Her Google Docs for Learning Glog is pretty awesome.

Best library / librarian blog - Neverending Search. Consistently forward-looking and solidly grounded in best practices, Joyce Valenza fires me up to try new things.

Best administrator blog - Dr. Doug Green blogs every day. Here's his twitter description: "Bite-Sized Self-Development Resources for Educators and Parents/Book Summaries/Net Nuggets."

Best individual tweeter - I joined Twitter in 2010 just to follow @joycevalenza. Her tweets are jam-packed with resources and idea for all educators. She's still my #1 MVP.

Best free web tool - Google+ Hangouts. Transformative for me. You can get a good idea about how hangouts are beginning to change education at

Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast - EdReach hands-down. Over two dozen channels covering a variety of topics. And they have the neatest hangouts.

Best of luck to all of the nominees!

Here are a few other nomination lists to check out:
 (I will add to this list up to the Dec. 1 deadline)
Update 11/28/13:  +Sue Waters of Edublogs created a Flipboard magazine that will contain all of the nomination blog posts. Great idea!



3 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Accidentally Bringing Up Explicit YouTube Content In Your Classroom

(11/26/13 update: This post has been revamped to include three, not two, methods of minimizing explicit results. Also, the title has been changed to reflect the slightly different focus of the post.)

Here are three ways to minimize your chances of accidentally pulling up explicit content when showing a YouTube video to your students in class.

1. First of all, choose a video ahead of time, and bookmark that link. Test the link just before you show the video.

Doing a spontaneous YouTube search in class is risky. This is especially true with viral videos that seem to attract less-than-honorable people who want to reroute you to their explicit websites.

2. Secondly, if you want to give the video a more permanent home, you can embed it on your website.

Make sure the "Show suggested videos when the video finishes" option is unchecked.

3. Thirdly, which is the most drastic but surest method, you can enable "Safe Search" in Google to filter all explicit text and images.

Here's a little demo I recorded of how to add and lock "Safe Search" settings.

Visual tip: Remember that the colored balloons at the upper right of your search results screen indicate that Safe Search is on.

Google notes that even though it tries to eliminate explicit content in Safe Search, "We do our best to keep SafeSearch as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible, but objectionable content sometimes slips through the cracks."

You can check out Google's Safe Search support page for information on how to report explicit content. 


2 Unconferences in 2 Days: EdCamp Honolulu and EdCampOnline -- Part 1 of 2

I hadn't ever been to an EdCamp before, so to attend two in two days was quite amazing.

One event was in person, the other was online (a first not only for me, but for edcamps!).

I thought about combining the two in one post ... Too much!

So this is Part I: mainly about the resources I gathered at EdCamp Honolulu, October 19, 2013.

Part II will be about EdCamp Online.

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What is an EdCamp?

Also known as "unconferences", EdCamps have been springing up across the country. The first one was in 2010 in Philadelphia.

I like EdCamp Honolulu's definition, which is clear and concise:

EdCamps are "UNconferences," that are free, participant-driven professional development events where the attendees set the schedule and lead the sessions, which are conversations - NOT presentations.

Participants choose what they want to talk about, on the spot.


There were three sessions at EdCamp Honolulu.

1.  "Fair Use Images (Intellectual Property)" was the group I chose to join in the first session. The discussion was thoughtful and these notable links were mentioned.

2. I picked "How do I publish student work for a meaningful global audience experience?" for the second session.  Catherine Ball of Mid-Pacific Institute suggested the topic.

Lots of ideas and discussion! These links were mentioned:

This tweet

3. My teacher-librarian friend +Anne Torige wanted to know how to dress up her Google site, so I suggested we form a "Google Sites Tech Help"group, and I offered to facilitate the discussion.

Imagine my surprise when I glanced over to see the start of John Trowbridge's site that he made as I was talking.

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• The place was ABUZZ with activity! Lots of Hawaii educators. Excited!

• There were a few people from other states there too. +Suzanne Baraff (Calvary Christian School, Pacific Palisades, CA) and I hit it off right away, and she ended up visiting my school the next week!

• The white board of Twitter handles (great idea for connecting, +Melvina Kurashige!)

gave me the idea to create a Twitter list, for us to keep learning from each other.

• Iolani's Sullivan Center was the perfect venue for EdCamp Honolulu, with large open spaces and everything on wheels. And what a beautiful setting, with Diamond Head in the background.

MAHALO to the EdCamp Honolulu team, +Josh Reppun+Ellen Cordeiro+Liz Castillo+JoAnn Jacobs+Melvina Kurashige+Michael Fricano II+Patti Nagami, and +Jackie Okumura, for their tireless work to set up this energizing event! It ran so smoothly and I learned a lot!

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Part II about EdCamp Online coming soon, probably after my 2013 EduBlogs Nominations post.

Goldiblox -- Toys to "Get Girls Building"

Teacher-librarian friend +Michelle Carlson Colte sent me this tweet last evening.

What a great idea! There are 3 kit choices, with an expansion pack to create your own machine.

Goldiblox CEO +Debra Sterling tells the story of Goldiblox:

Web edit - v10b-YouTubeUP-25k from Goldie Blox on Vimeo.

Love this quote: "Any girl you know is so much more than a princess."

This is the first time ever that I've blogged about a product that costs money (I'm a champion of FREE), but this toy is definitely worth sharing.

For myself? I'm thinking a Goldiblox kit would make a fabulous Christmas present for Kale'a, Keira and Malie (shhhhh...)

Thanks, Michelle!


13 Must-Haves in My Social Media Curation Tool Kit

I'm getting ready for the EdTech Mixed Plate Show tonight, pondering one of the questions that will be asked of me: 
"How do you curate what you find online so you will remember to use and to share with others?" 
Great time to do an inventory of the social media tools I use regularly to curate links and share ideas!

[You need to know that I manage everything in the Chrome Bookmark Manager.]

This is my SocMedia folder on my bookmark bar, with Twitter selected

Must-have for COLLECTING:

(1) Chrome Bookmarks Bar

(2) Google+ Circles posts, especially MVP circle

(3) Twitter lists, e.g., teacher-librarian list, and private MVP list 

(4) Feedly - news aggregator app

(5) - create a newspaper (e.g. #GTANY Daily) and subscribe via email, e.g.,

Must-have for ORGANIZING:

Chrome Bookmarks Bar

(7) Archived tweets form and spreadsheet

Must-Have for SHARING:

Google+ Circles

(8) Hootsuite

(9) Screencast-o-Matic

(10) YouTube channel

(11) Blogger - maulibrarian2 in Olinda



(13) Google Analytics

I'll be talking about how these social media tools fit into my curation work flow.

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Here's the show:

It was great sharing!

Thanks to the EdTech Mixed Plate group, +Rachel Armstrong+Michelle Carlson Colte+Megan Cummings, and +Michael Fricano II, for inviting me on the show!


12 Google+ Communities For and By Hawaii Educators

+Chad Nacapuy, who comes up with many of the ideas for our Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA shows, has listed here several Hawaii-created, educational Google+ communities for our Best Google+ Communities for Educators show tonight. I thought I'd add to Chad's list and post it here.

Are there others? Let me know and I'll add them to this list.

(Public communities are a click away to join, many private communities require a request to join.)

1. ACE 21  (Administrator Certificate for Excellence) - A collaborative space for Hawaii's educators. "The purpose of this G+ Community is to connect communities of all scales (classroom, discipline, school, complex, state, national and international) in a single, collaborative space. By leveraging Google+, educators are able to access a deep well of resources while also contributing to the shared body of knowledge. There will be opportunities for live webinars, and sessions as well as synchronous and asynchronous professional development modules." - private - Owner: Marybeth Baldwin

2. CCDC 1:1 (Common Core Digital Curriculum) - State of Hawaii Department of Education - private

3. Ed Tech Mixed Plate - "Our mission: To give a little something to everyone:#EdTech ideas, tools & #EduRockStars to add to your plate. We host Live Hangouts on Air!" - public - owner: Michael Fricano II

4. Hale Kula Tech Tips  - Teachers helping teachers integrate technology. "Hale Kula Elementary School Teachers sharing how they, and their students, use technology to create, collaborate, communicate and think critically" -  public - owner: Michelle Colte

5. HASL on Google+  - a gathering place for Hawaii school librarians - private - owner: Linda Lindsay

6. Hawaii Educational Technology  - a gathering place for Hawaii educational techies - public - owner: Larry McCarty

7. Hawaii GAFE Community  - Google Apps for Education discussion group for Hawaii educators - public - owner: Brendan Brennan

8. Hawaii Libraries for the Future  - Supporting 21st Century Libraries - public - owner: Joanna Dunn and Faith Ishihara

9. Hawaii Maker Community  - connecting makers in the Aloha State - public - owner: Ryan Ozawa

10. Hawaii School Peace Gardens Network  - focus project of pHi Delta Kappa Hawaii - public - owner - Miki Tomita

11. MDET (Maui District Educators for Technology - private

12. (added after show) Vox Box Ed 21 - "Make a box. Insert iPad. Pose an epic question. Share your voice!" - public - owner: Amy Burvall

Here's Exploring Google+ Communities for K-12 Educators:

We hope you find the show useful for your PLN.

Linda Lindsay
(on behalf of the Google Rocks! HOA Hawaii panel)

Best Google+ Communities for Educators -- A Survey for Our HOA (and for you)

Educators: you're invited to participate in this informal survey!
The results will be shown on our Google Rocks! Hawaii Hangout on Air, Tuesday, November 12, 7pm HST.

Survey results (which are also the show notes)

Thanks for participating!

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Here's the live broadcast:


Our School's First Student International Google+ Hangout!

Sancia, Kyle, Kalan, Xinyun, and Sabrina

Five of our upper school students participated in a student-run international hangout on Thursday. It was an interesting experience!

The hangout was the brainchild of Burlington High School's Instructional Technology Specialist Jennifer Scheffer, who wrote about her plan in A Student Run International Hangout. (I love Jenn's Friday reflection about the hangout, with a great video that illustrates how she felt!)

The topic of the hangout was Today's Learners.

Our students held up their end of the conversation very well!

11:48 - 13:03 - Blogging, and the distraction of technology
15:40 - 18:09 - How our teachers and students communicate using technology, and Ms. Scheffer wants to visit Hawaii :)
32:08 - 33:16 - More about how our teachers and students connect, and the distraction of technology
37:00 - 38:30 - About our school's new schedule

Participant schools included: (host) Burlington High School in Massachusetts, Keene Central Schools in New York State, Fair Haven Union High School in Vermont, and a school in Sweden (name wasn't IDed).
Will there be more student hangouts in our future? We already have a couple of great ideas!
Stay tuned ... :)

2 Hawaii Administrators, on GAFE in their schools ... and a sneak peek at next week's Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA

Two different approaches to administering Google Apps for Education in a school -- both effective!

Jan Iwase, principal of Hale Kula Elementary School located at Schofield Barracks, O'ahu, has dived right in with student projects. Lisa Nagamine, principal of Moanalua Middle School located near Honolulu, is training her teachers thoroughly first.

Mahalo to Chad Nacapuy for suggesting that we bring these two progressive, connected educators on Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA.

In addition to Jan, Lisa, and Chad, these Hawaii teachers rounded out the panel: Jody Brown, Michelle Colte, Michael Fricano II, Holly Gates, Barbara Potts, Anne Torige, and myself. It was a full house!

I had asked Jan and Lisa to outline what they planned to share. The document they produced is full of great information for schools going GAFE: Two Administrators, on GAFE at their school.

Loved Lisa's poster!

The four stages of 'Changing Instructional Behavior'. --Bercgroup

Here's the hangout. I think you will be impressed by Jan and Lisa's passion. They are superb examples of what's right in education. Their students are truly fortunate.


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Next week, we'll be recommending Google+ Communities that we think our Hawaii (and other) teachers will enjoy as they build their PLN (Personal Learning Network).

I can't wait and I'm going to start the sharing right here and now, with a lollapalooza of a community: 

Connected Classrooms Workshop

Google just announced it on Monday, November 4 and the community is electric with teachers eager to connect. I was thrilled beyond measure to learn that my Google Teacher Academy buddy Brent Catlett is a moderator.

The community's purpose according to Google?
We've created this Community to empower educators to collaborate with one another, share resources, develop best practices, and bring their big ideas to life through technology.

Please join us November 13 at 7:00pm HST for Google Rocks #13 Hawaii HOA: Google+ Communities for Educators.

The show will be available for viewing afterwards, and added to this YouTube playlist of the HOAs we've done so far:

Have fun connecting!