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PLAYDATE MI

Participants from a recent PLAYDATE share the highlights of the day.

What is PLAYDATE?

PLAYDATE is an acronym for People Learning and Asking "Y"; Digital Age Teacher Exploration. And this is a new kind of conference event!

NO presenters. NO Agenda. Just PLAYing!

Think about the last time you attended an ed tech professional learning event. Oftentimes we leave full of new knowledge and a list overflowing with new apps, programs and skills to try out.  However, once we return to the "real world" we lack the time and support to actually try out these new tools.

At PLAYDATEs educators from around the area join together for a few hours and just play.  They work together to learn about ed tech apps, programs and tools with one another.  There are no presenters, no experts and no agenda.  Simply time to play, tinker and explore all at no cost!

Michigan PLAYDATEs are sponsored by the REMC Association and hosted by local REMCs.  Check the Upcoming Events for one near you.

PLAYDATE originated from a group of Chicago educators.  Learn more about them at Chicago PLAYDATE .


Hosting a PLAYDATE

Anyone can host a PLAYDATE but sometimes having a little financial support helps to make the day go more smoothly.  Apply here to be considered for funding from the REMC Association of Michigan.


Organizing a PLAYDATE

The Pack & P.L.A.Y. toolkit shows you how to facilitate a PLAYDATE starting from before the event all the way through the after the event evaluation.  Also includes details on how to setup registration.


Participant Feedback

“I loved the unstructured time. Having a chance to really experiment with these new tools was amazing!”

“Opportunity to connect, explore, and plan with others. Rare to have time to think at PD, but we had that time and great resources to answer questions.”

“I liked how we were able to have time to work at our own pace.”

“The opportunity to learn something new, hear others' ideas, play with something new and leave refreshed to go back to my classroom and refresh my lessons.”

“I had time to discover things and ask questions that may be applicable in my classroom using technology.”

PLAYDATE CONTACT

Kellie DeLosSantos
Coordinator
517-787-8912

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 15 Nov
    • PLAYDATE: Assistive Technology, hosted by REMCs 6, 12 East & 15
      Date: Nov 15
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Battle Creek Math and Science Center, 171 Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: PLAYDATE Calendar

      Registration.

      Think about the last time you attended an ed tech professional learning event. Oftentimes we leave full of new knowledge and a list overflowing with new apps, programs and skills to try out. However, once we return to the "real world" we lack the time and support to actually try out these new tools.

      The Assistive Tech PLAYDATE is for all Michigan educators join together for a few hours to explore assistive technology. They work together to learn about edtech apps, programs and tools with one another to support the work. There are no presenters, no experts and no agenda.

      Simply time to play, tinker and explore.

      6 SCECHs available only for attendance at one PLAYDATE.

  • 11 Dec
    • PLAYDATE: Minecraft, Education Edition
      Date: Dec 11
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: REMC 12 West/Kalamazoo RESA, 1819 E Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49002
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: PLAYDATE Calendar

      Registration.

      Interacting with Minecraft: Education Edition for the first time can be overwhelming. Surround yourself with other educators, self-identify your comfort level, and then attend break-out sessions that meet your needs! Learn with and from others and by the end of the day, you'll be teaching others!

      Come join us and learn more about how Minecraft: Education Edition can positively impact student demonstrations of learning and you'll leave ready to integrate it into your classroom the next day all at no cost

      6 SCECHs available only for attendance at one PLAYDATE.

      12/11/2019 Flyer

  • 13 Dec
    • PLAYDATE: Minecraft Education Edition
      Date: Dec 13
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: REMC 14 East/Genesee ISD, 2413 W Maple Ave, Flint, MI 48507
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: PLAYDATE Calendar

      Registration.

      Interacting with Minecraft: Education Edition for the first time can be overwhelming. Surround yourself with other educators, self-identify your comfort level, and then attend break-out sessions that meet your needs! Learn with and from others and by the end of the day, you'll be teaching others!

      Come join us and learn more about how Minecraft: Education Edition can positively impact student demonstrations of learning and you'll leave ready to integrate it into your classroom the next day all at no cost

      6 SCECHs available only for attendance at one PLAYDATE.

      12/13/2019 Flyer

  • 29 Jan
    • PLAYDATE: New Teacher Academy
      Date: Jan 29
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: REMC 19 West/Lenawee ISD, 4107 N Adrian Hwy, Adrian, MI 49221
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: PLAYDATE Calendar

      Registration.

      When teachers attend professional learning events, they often leave full of new knowledge and a list overflowing with new apps, programs and skills to try out.  However, once they return to their classrooms they lack the time and support to actually try out these new tools.

      The New Teacher PLAYDATE is for new Michigan educators to join together for a few hours to play. You’ll work together to learn about ed tech apps, programs and tools with one another. There are no presenters, no experts and no agenda.  Simply time to play, tinker and explore all at no cost

      6 SCECHs available only for attendance at one PLAYDATE.

      1/29/2020 Flyer

  • 12 Feb
    • PLAYDATE: REMC 20 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      PLAYDATE: REMC 20
      Date: Feb 12
      Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: REMC 20/Wayne RESA, 33500 Van Born Rd, Wayne, MI 48184
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: PLAYDATE Calendar

      Registration.

      At PLAYDATEs educators from around the area join together for a few hours and just play.  They work together to learn about ed tech apps, programs and tools with one another.  There are no presenters, no experts and no agenda.  Simply time to play, tinker and explore all at no cost!

      6 SCECHs available only for attendance at one PLAYDATE.

      2/12/2020 Flyer Google Doc

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