What makes a good #EdTech leader? -- An Open Invitation to School Principals and other Administrators to Respond

Dear School Principals and other Administrators,

What makes a good #Edtech leader?

Administrators as #EdTech leaders will be the topic of our monthly #edchathi (Ed Chat Hawaii) Twitter chat, December 1, at 6:00 pm HST (11:00PM EST).

We hope principals and other administrators who are leading the technological shift in their schools and beyond will join us!

Special invitations go out to:

• The Connected Principals, with a shared Twitter profile: @conprin

• Members of the Connected Principals' Twitter admins list: https://twitter.com/chrislehmann/lists/admins

+Eric Sheninger, who presented in Hawaii in July while on vacation, and who we discussed in a Google+ hangout for Hawaii educators.

We've already personally invited several other administrators, but we know there are more out there. Please let us know who you are!

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If you can't make the middle-of-the-Pacific dinner-time-for-us #edchathi chat, we would love to learn from you on your own time, preferably before the chat, but afterwards would be fine too.

Please use this Google form to contribute:

You can view the responses as a summaryspreadsheet and a doc. (Go ahead and break the ice. Be the first to respond :D)
We'll include your opinions in our live Twitter chat (Dec 1, 6PM HST) and we'll check back afterwards, for further study of Administrators as EdTech Leaders. An archive of the Twitter chat will be available on the #edchathi website.
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Our Google form is a grand experiment, to extend the conversation beyond the confines of our all-too-brief one-hour Twitter chat. We hope you'll share your insight with us!
On behalf of the #edchatHI crew,
THANK YOU very much!
Linda Lindsay

A Quick Visual Guide to the Location of Google+'s Hangout-on-Air Controls

I always go to Google Support for the most up-to-date information on Google products. In the case of Hangouts on Air, this would be Get Started with Hangouts on Air in the Google+ Help Center.

But where exactly where are the Hangout-on-Air Controls?

It took me a while to figure out where everything is located, so I thought I'd share my findings, to save you some time.

I introduced this presentation on our Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA. Check out the discussion:

Have fun hanging out!


Thanks to our Pacific Islands Artifact Makers for sharing!

We held our first lunchtime student maker event in the library, and it was GREAT!

We learned about Kazu's lauhala (pandanus) weaving project.

Tahiti explained how she made her leiomano (shark tooth weapon).

Sophia described the making of her kapa (fabric).

Steven spoke about his Marshallese navigation stick chart.

Thank you so much for sharing, everyone. Excellent job!

A special mahalo goes out to Mrs. Kathy Czar, for nurturing the maker spirit in her students.

Everyone's a maker.


Hand-Picked Links for Helping Students Develop Their Unique Voice Online

I'm happy to share my presentation at the Schools of the Future Conference on November 7, 2014: Helping Students Develop Their Unique Voice Online.

I hope you enjoy exploring the formal programs, web tools, and online events that I hand-picked. It's important that students consciously build a positive Internet presence, and I believe the links I collected offer a solid starting point for your research.

A big shout-out to veteran teacher, champion blogger, and Google Teacher Academy buddy +Linda Yollis, who came on our Google Rocks! Hawaii hangout a few days before the Schools of the Future conference. Linda shared her experience, tips, and techniques for student blogging, and I included some of her tips in the slide presentation. Linda added some great links to the show notes too. Thanks, Linda!

Here's the hangout:

(Pardon the little chatter about difficulties with my audio connection -- everyone else could hear Linda just fine)

If you have any must-have links to share, please add them in the comments.