Ed Tech

From Within the Pandemic, Hawai‘i Seeks a New State Education Superintendent

The pandemic has been hard on all schools, districts, teachers, students, and families. And it has posed intense challenges for Superintendents. Relations between Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, Hawai‘i teachers, and finally the Board of Education made her choice not to pursue a new term a graceful exit.

After years of resistance to implementing technology and systems in learning, the pandemic forced it. Now we need leadership to uplift teachers, transform learning by implementing technology in more measured and creative ways, and create the family engagement and community integration that can surround our students with support.

Honolulu Star Advertiser article announcing Dr. Kishimoto’s decision not to pursue another term (I am quoted)

Memo from the Hawai‘i Board of Education on the selection of the next Superintendent.

Honolulu Civil Beat article on the hiring timeline for permanent and Interim superintendents. (I am quoted)

Digital Skill Standards for Learning and Working

Over the past twenty years, a number of organizations have developed standards for digital learning, living, and working. Some of these standards are described below with links to sponsoring organizations and specific standards. These are helpful in crafting policies for digital equity and literacy.


  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
    International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education.STE inspires the creation of solutions and connections that improve opportunities for all learners by delivering: practical guidance, evidence-based professional learning, virtual networks, thought-provoking events and the ISTE Standards.






My list of the tech skills seniors most want or need:

  1. Thinking about technology (look at things from a different perspective– above and at a slant)
  2. Feeling when things don’t work (mistakes are good- progress = knowing what did NOT work)
  3. Managing passwords (how to avoid frustration)
  4. Using smart phones- contract, type, service
  5. Smart phone- basics of email- sending, receiving, storing, searching
  6. Smart phone-photos- taking
  7. Smart phone-photos-storing and finding
  8. Smart phone-photos- sharing
  9. Smart phone–texts – individual and group
  10. Using social media- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tiktok
  11. Using a computer – parts of computer – mouse, trackpad, screen, camera, keyboard, USB port, power, display set up
  12. Internet browsing, searching, shopping, sharing
  13. Using applications- which to use, how to open, how to use
  14. Creating and saving documents
  15. Using spreadsheets
  16. Organizing- files, folders, desktop
  17. Using your computer network- printer, Internet server, tv
  18. Security-malware, file and online security