Curated Learning at Punahou Lab

I was privileged to participate in  the Curated Learning Cohort at Punahou Lab School in July, 2012.

Here’s a video about Lab School:

Dr. Hazel Downing was part of my group, and she wrote a lovely piece for the Hawaii Pacific University paper, including commentary on my presentation of practical tools.

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While there, I gave a guest presentation on

Personal Branding for Educators and Students.

Basically, I curated videos, articles, and exemplars to demonstrate the power of and necessity to create and manage your own personal brand, as well as to encourage students to do likewise.

I put everything together in a Wix site and navigated through it during my presentation. That way, participants could have a “goodie bag” to take home and explore further.

CLICK HERE FOR MY SITE “Leveraging for Legacy”


Kukulu Kaiaulu: aka the Kamehameha Conference with Michael Wesch


I really wanted to go to this conference, even if it meant rushing to get my grades turned in early (the caveat so I could attend). The main reason was Michael Wesch. 

I was first made aware of Wesch when Alejandro Piscitelli mentioned us both in the same sentence.


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Then, after meeting Curt Bonk and speaking at the AACE conference, I noticed he’d gone to visit and interview Wesch.



I have to admit I was more than thrilled to go to his session and hear his keynote. He was approachable, kind, inspiring, and intelligent- everything a speaker / educator should be!

I’ve showed many of Wesch’s videos in my Theory of Knowledge course when we discuss “rethinking education”, and the students really dig him.

Attached are the conference offerings in pdf form:

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The first keynote was Will Richardson. He has a great message, but I was a bit disappointed how similar it was to this talk, which I had just shared with my students. 



He was kind enough to reply to this tweet I made after a student wrote that she loved it.


I was a bit active in the TodaysMeet backchannel, which you can view HERE

Some other highlights were connecting with fellow Hawaii educators Elizabeth Garrison of St. Anthony School (we worked together on the Schools of the Future e-portfolio presentation in 2010), Billie Napoleon of Mid-Pac and Doug Kiang from Punahou (after working together at Punahou Lab and speaking at Ignite, we are both now interested in leading a cohort for next year’s Punahou Lab).

OK, so here are some of my big takeaway resources from all of the above:

In his session where we made a movie in an hour, Wesch told us about these jewels:

DIG.CCMIXTER This is great for finding Creative Commons music for projects. 

JAMENDO Also for finding copyright-free or liberally licensed music.

DEEPLINKS – allows you to share specific moments in  a YouTube video


NEWSJACK.IN – remix the news!


I went to every session Doug did, and HERE’S THE LINK TO EVERYTHING

Doug shared this, and I think I will use it!


REMIND101 (for ability to text students without any parties knowing  phone numbers)

Since he presented about running his course like a start-up, he offered this site:

CHALLENGE-BASED LEARNING (with those MythBusters guys)

I forgot who reminded me of this, but it’s a great resource chock full of goodies


The site also includes a page on Educational Twitter Hashtags

Billie used Diigo as a Social Bookmarking tool (I use it but not quite to its full advantage), so I was happy she shared this resource

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She also shared this Fake Texting tool:

and SCREENR for screencasting


As always, Elizabeth was organized to the T and offered a Web Site with her resources on using the ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE (includes Prezi and links)

I’m not recalling who shared this, but it’s a bit like THINGLINK

SONICPICS – add voice to your images


IGNITE Honolulu #4: Parody-So


While meeting with fellow TEDxHonoluluEd curator Casey Agena about my session on Personal Branding  at Punahou Lab School, 2012, he asked if I would like to present an “Ignite” talk. The event was to be sort of a culminating fanfare for Punahou Lab, and featured a few educators from Punahou and other schools, as well as some incredible tech/geek-cool people.


The format of an Ignite talk is a bit like pecha kucha – you have only 5 minutes on stage to share 20 slides, which advance automatically after displaying for 15 seconds.

I was really stressed about the fact that I couldn’t use my trusted Prezi format, but would have to go with PowerPoint (yuk) or Apple’s Keynote (this was my first time trying keynote professionally).

Keynote is stunning and simple in its design, and I was able to do some animations as far as the text floating in (not shown in the pdf to follow).

As for the topic, they wanted me to share something related to my experience with History for Music Lovers, but I knew I needed a twist and should make it slightly humorous, yet informative. I went with a play on words – “PARODY-SO”, like Dante Alighieri’s Paradiso in the Divine Comedy. It worked out great- I was able to relate a lot of points back to some Divine Comedy analogies, and stress, that, like Dante’s trip, our trip has been both wild and inspiring…we’ve really learned quite a bit from putting ourselves “out there”.

I practiced to get the timing just right, but the night prior to the event, (this was after the dress-rehearsal), I was told that my timing was all off due to the transitions and animation, and that we’d have to shave off about about 8 minutes! More practicing…I felt like Robin Williams! I ended up cutting some dialogue out, but in the end was satisfied.

In the end it was a great evening with amazing peers and lots of mingling – even did a bit of karaoke afterwards!


here’s a news review

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