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Culture-Based Education Conference & Hawaiian Education Summit 2013: July 8 - 10, 2013

I attended this conference, not really knowing what to expect. It was a really good conference to make professional connections and see what other culture-based groups around the islands were doing, but what I was really struck by was the lack of technologies used. Most of the presenters had handouts and, if they used the projector, they had limited PowerPoint presentations.

http://extension.ksbe.edu/cbeconference/conference.html

Contentwise, it was fantastic. One particularly good session was on riddles, puns, and jokes in Hawaiian. We also got to see how STEM education and culture intersected, and how those further crossed in land-resource management/stewardship, with the PALS program.

There was also a Moenaha training, and I was able to speak with Keiki Kawaiae'a, founder of Moenaha, and some of the instructors.

We also got preview copies of Na Honua Mauli Ola, Cultural Pathways for Culturally Healthy and Responsive Learning Environments.

I look forward to attending next year's conference, and seeing how technology and visual arts integration could really aid in both the presentations and the content of the courses.

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