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Wednesday, December 2, 2:30–3:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Presentation 2 of 2
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Coalescing Educational Technology and IT Departments to Maximize Innovation in K-12

Hilary Apana-McKee  
Brook Conner  

As an island-state and single district public school system, the Hawaii Department of Education presents digital solutions to support schools through distance and blended learning approaches. We invite you to hear about systemic changes designed to address legacy solutions as well as innovative approaches adopted due to the pandemic.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Not applicable.
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will gain awareness of strategies to implement digital applications and practices with an enterprise approach lens. Models employed will include transformation from legacy systems to modernized solutions that have an impact on operational effectiveness, student learning, and supporting the strategic plan. Hawaii has identified promises to our students organized around equity, school design, empowerment, and innovation. This session will highlight how online and blended learning supports the effort to deliver our promises paired with an accelerated timeline due to the pandemic.


Total: 20 minutes (Session 2 of 2)
• State and District Overview
• Enterprise Approaches to Support Digital Learning
• Supporting Students with Digital Devices
• Supporting Teachers Through Partnerships
• Supporting Families
• Systemic Supports
• Q & A

Supporting research

ISTE Standards for Education Leaders highlight the importance of adopting approaches shared in this presentation. Specifically being an equity advocate focused on supporting access to technology and connectivity necessary to provide authentic and engaging learning opportunities, being a system designer ensuring scalability and leveraging volume discounts across the district, and supporting the connected learner by providing opportunity to utilize technology to improve learning environments while supporting dynamic learner needs.

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Hilary Apana-McKee, Hawaii State Department of Education

Ms. Apana-McKee brings to this conference years of experience with teams focused on effective online and blended learning models and best practices for digital learning. Her tenure with the Hawaii State Department of Education for 20+ years includes supporting technology integration, collaborative spaces for learner engagement, and online and blended learning programs. Throughout her career, digital learning has been key to supporting creativity, engagement, and effective communication for both students and teachers.

Brook Conner, DOE-Office of Info Tech Services

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