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Coleman Kingwell and Nicholas Head demonstrate their robotics projects for teachers attending the SOTF Conference

On Thursday, September 8, over 900 teachers and students from Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui assembled at the Sheraton, Waikiki for the third annual Schools of the Future Conference.  SOTF is a coalition of forward-looking schools founded in 2009 and sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and the Hawaii Community Foundation.  The SOTF initiative is designed to transform the learning environments and teaching strategies to better prepare students for work and citizenship in the 21st Century.   Headlining the event was noted educational technologist, Alan November, co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership through Technology.  Mr. November built his presentation around the central concept that students must take ownership of their own learning; they can achieve a high degree of ownership if they recognize the purpose of their course assignments.  In addition to presentations throughout the day on such topics as using online course management systems and leading 21st century learning, students from schools throughout the state demonstrated their mastery of 21st century science and technology to conference participants.  This is the first year that students outside of Oahu have been asked to present at the SOTF conference and we are proud that middle-schoolers Nicholas Head and Coleman Kingwell were invited to present their robotics projects to the conference attendees.  Maui Prep technology coordinator Branden Hazlet, along with Andrew O’Riordan, also had the opportunity to present on “Moodle,” which is a remarkable computer learning platform that the school is implementing into Middle and Upper School classes.  Rounding out the Maui Prep crew at SOTF were Mr. Border, Mrs. Reader, and Dr. Manafo.  All attendees benefited from the conference and we look forward to the 2012 SOTF Conference.

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