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

View on screencast.com »

She also shared this Fake Texting tool: http://ifaketext.com/

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



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