School-wide Teacher Blogs: Building Relationships through Communication, Collaboration and Creativity

Learning & Leading with Social Media

Learn how Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i elementary school enhanced communication between teachers, students, and families within three years through the use of school-wide teacher blogs which ultimately led to a transformation in the culture of the school and the building of a global perspective.  Participants will learn about the variety of ways teachers are using blogs to engage students and families.  Participants will leave with an understanding of how they can incorporate blogging in their own setting.  Real examples of how school wide blogging has enhanced the following areas will be discussed:    1. Educational leadership (teachers teaching teachers; students teaching students; students teaching teachers)  2. Professional development (Web 2.0 tools for teachers)  3. Communication (sharing w/ students, families and colleagues, other schools/teachers, and a global community)  4. Collaboration (teacher to teacher, teacher to families, teacher to students, teacher and students to global community)


Carmen Richardson
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i
Carmen Richardson, M.Ed., is the Kindergarten through fifth grade technology teacher at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus.  She blogs at and can be found on twitter at @edtechcarmen.

Liana Iaea-Honda
Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i
Liana Iaea-Honda is currently a trainer evaluator at the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Elementary School. Previously, she served as the technology teacher for students grades K-5. In addition, she is a Hawaiian language and culture educator, a published author and song composer. She has worked for Kamehameha for more than 20 years. She is a mother of four children and resides in Paʻauilo with her husband and a menagerie of animals.