Windward Oahu Business Expo Presentation: Leveraging for Linchpins

My School, Le Jardin Academy, along with the Kailua Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2012 Windward Business Expo 

and asked me to present. I decided that the most applicable topic would be my Personal Branding presentation from Punahou Lab School (augmented to include a business leader perspective). I fashioned the title after Seth Godin’s marvelous book: Linchpin.

Here’s the overview:

Leveraging Tech for Linchpins

If you are an entrepreneur, or a creative leader in your field, you are more significant than your current situation. It’s time to leverage the web to show how indispensible you are.  In his best-seller Linchpin, author Seth Godin identifies linchpins a people who “stand out…invent, lead (regardless of their title), connect others, make things happen…delight and challenge their customers and peers…and turn each day into a kind of art”. How do you go about creating a personal brand that transcends your company? This workshop offers tips on clever and responsible use of social media, as well as elegant and innovative tools to augment your digital presence and networking. Please bring a device of your choice.

It was difficult to prepare for, as I had just returned from 3 separate presentations in Canada and the SOTF conference (my presentation on Data Viz in the classroom), AND I was nursing  a fever. All went well, however.

Here is a brief slide show intro I used to give my audience some perspective:

Leveraging4Linchpins (Keynote converted to PPT)

Slideshare: (fancy-schmancy transitions not working)

CLICK HERE FOR THE SITE: “Leveraging for Legacy”

The particular part of the site dedicated to professionals looks like this:

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Infographicmania! Schools of the Future Conference, 2012

The “Stained glass windows of our century”

I think I’ve always been a little obsessed with data visualization – perhaps it’s because I have a thing for mid-century minimalism and many “infographics” and other examples of data viz embody that.

Like this one:


In the past couple of years I’ve used data visualization in the high school classroom in the Theory of Knowledge course (as an exploratory theme addressing sense perception, the arts, the nature of data/information, etc.) and in World History (as a culminating unit project).

***scroll to bottom of post for links to these

Personally, I think analyzing, interpreting, critiquing, and even creating visualizations with data sets is an essential part of media literacy.

I’ve been a part of the Hawaii Association of Independent SchoolsSchools of the Future grant program (and a team member at my school) for the past 4 years. In 2011 I co-presented in a workshop about E-Portfolios (which led to some of my personal branding efforts later).

For this year’s SOTF Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center I was privileged to present


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Site link:

Once again, I found that creating an HTML website using Wix allowed me to embed and organize all the elements I wanted, set up a contact page for further queries, and offer the attendees something of a “digital goodie bag” to take home.


Links to some of my other Theory of Knowledge posts on Data Viz:

BCSSTA Conference and High School Presentations

this post is a work in progress…please check back later

In Spring of 2011 I was asked by Dale Martelli, an excellent B.C. teacher and fan of my YouTube work, to do a little meet-n-greet with his bevy of History students visiting Hawaii (because we have Pearl Harbor and all that jazz). We had a great time chatting it up about education at dinner, and he promptly asked if I would consider applying to speak at the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers‘ annual conference (BCSSTA)  in the Fall. I’ve always loved Vancouver, so I really couldn’t pass it up. In the end I met some wonderful people (both fellow educators and students), and received some excellent feedback.

I. Crofton House (students of Brenda Ball; teachers)

I was greeted at the YVR airport Wed., Oct. 17 by the energetic and stunning Brenda Ball (@misssball ).


She joined me later at my hotel (the Moda Hotel– highly recommend) for a bite to eat and a bit of a chat. What wonderful food and convo! It would be the first of many dinner dates.


The next day (rainy, go figure) I was dropped off by cab to the lovely Crofton House (an all girls’ school) where Brenda had scheduled some time for me to meet with her upperclassmen History students, and then do a brief P.D. session with a small group of teachers.


As one can see, the facilities were modern and exquisite – and there were Macs everywhere! And tea!

I decided that, for the students, I’d give what I’d hope would be a humorous but poignant look into the Creative Process and what I’ve learned from my experiences stemming from the History for Music Lovers Project.

I developed a Keynote presentation with lots of images, a simple font, and a sprinkling of embedded video. I encouraged students to tweet through the presentation, and a couple took me up on it (using the hashtag #cr8 )

It was broken into 4 parts:

1. Triumph Over Adversity

2. Creativity

3. Storytelling

4. Guides for Life

Here is the Keynote converted to PPT:


And the version as a film:

For the teachers, I gave an abbreviated version of my BCSSTA presentation – basically taking them through the web site resources and student exemplars I had curated (see below)

II. The British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association (BCSSTA) Conference, Oct. 19 2012

Theme: Rights and Responsibilities: Thinking and Acting Globally and Locally

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III. Vancouver Tech Student presentation

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.


Click HERE for the entire post

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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MY BLC posts (Alan November: Building Learning Communities)

I was absolutely THRILLED to attend Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference in Boston this July. 

Prior to the conference, I set up a Posterous blog for my colleagues and provided tutorials on Twitter and using the Posterous blog.

Here are my personal posts from BLC12:

Welcome to our Blog

Amy’s C’s of BLC

Getting Started with Twitter

Ewan McIntosh and Design Thinking

LJA iClub iPad Presentation (VIDEO)

Facecard (networking)

How to Blog on Posterous

Little Italy: Photographic Memoir

MIT Media Lab: Scratch (pre-conference)

Posting from your Personal Site

OOPs- using ipad to Post?

Pre-Conference Twitterverse

Guess I Tweet A Lot

Mark Wise: Teaching 21st century Kids with 19th Century Content

David Seedhouse: The Values Exchange

Dr. Eric Mazur Learning catalytics (preconference)

Analyzing Questions with Eric Mazur

Silvia Tolisano: Presentation Makeover

Shannon Miller: Empowering Students to Create, Connect, Collaborate

Garth Holman and Mike Pennington: Autonomous Mastery Learning

Darren Kuropatwa: Learning is…

Darren Kuropatwa: Storyfinding

Tom Barrett: Crowdsourcing EDU

Phil Stubbs and Learnology (2 sessions)

Additional Misc. Resources

Here are my personal posts from the BLC11 Wiki I created for our group:

Editor Instructions

BLC Overview

Photo Memories

Suggested Readings

Alternative Projects and Social Media (Tom Daccord)

Augmented Reality with Ewan McIntosh

Data Reveals Stories with Ewan McIntosh

Design Thinking with Ewan McIntosh

Digital History Classroom with Tom Daccord

Digital Learning Farm with Alan November

Global Connections with Mark Wise

Music Production with Marco Torres

Passion-Driven Learning with Angela Maiers

Planning Media Projects with Marco Torres

Risk-Reward with Ewan McIntosh

Teaching Failure- Dr. Howard DiBlasi

Wiki textbook with Garth Holman and Mike Pennington

Personal Branding with DigiPorts (my talk at Schools of the Future)

Find more videos like this on Schools of the Future

Here’ s my actual Prezi with links…I was a bit rushed in the actual presentation…