The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) awarded its prestigious Making IT Happen award to Momilani Elementary School teacher Shane Asselstine. He is one of two teachers who received this award at the 2015 Schools of the Future Conference in November.
"Teachers like Shane are key in helping our students become future ready learners by providing the support and tools needed for the digital age," said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "Congratulations to Shane for empowering students through innovation."
The Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE), an affiliate of ISTE, presented the award to Asselstine for his pioneering efforts to integrate technology into his curriculum while still meeting Common Core requirements. Asselstine was instrumental in helping Momilani transition from a 10-computer classroom to a 1:1 school with more than 500 devices. He continues to work on ensuring that all devices are updated, maintained and distributed throughout the school.
"Technology has always been a part of my life. My main focus is to pass this passion along to the students to keep them engaged," said Asselstine. "It's amazing to see what the kids can produce when we motivate them and give them the space to make their own choices."
Asselstine also works with teachers around the state through various conferences and free workshops, and has traveled to London and South America to talk about a variety of topics from game-based learning to coding. He has been a teacher at Momilani Elementary School for more 10 years, and earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from Ryerson University and master's in education from the University of Phoenix, Honolulu Campus.
For more information about the Making IT Happen award and the 2015 awardees, please visit www.hste.org.