Would you like to learn more about free apps students can use at school and at home to learn basic computer programming? (These include HopScotch and Scratch Jr.) Would you like to learn more about Minecraft and MinecraftEDU, including ways these programs can be used by students to create simulations, learn problem solving, and practice collaboration skills? If so, please join other educators on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, at John Rex Elementary School in downtown Oklahoma City from 9 am to 1 pm for our third PLAYDATE PD event. FREE registration is available via EventBrite. Learn more about PLAYDATE by visiting playdate.edcampokc.org, and watching the video embedded below. If you have a school-age child interested in coding or Minecraft, register and bring them along too! PLAYDATE isn’t about listening to others present about topics, it’s about PLAYING with apps and software programs and learning more together. “Come join us in the digital sandbox” on Saturday, April 18th, and bring friends, colleagues, and family members along to play and learn together! Best of all, just like EdCampOKC, PLAYDATE is entirely FREE!
Bring your tablet computers and laptop computers, we’ll have open wifi access and school licenses of Minecraft and MinecraftEDU you can install and use on your laptop if needed. If you can pre-install Minecraft and have your own license that is great too – and even better! Be sure you have/know the iTunes or Google Play Store password for your tablet so you can install free coding apps like HopScotch and Scratch Jr. if you don’t have them installed already.
We expect this to be a MUCH smaller event than EdCamp. This is our third PLAYDATE in OKC, and previously we’ve had 15-20 people attend each one. We can accomodate up to 60 people, however, so if you have a big crew you want to invite that’s great – just please have them register in advance so we know how many to expect!
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On this day..
- Kids Teaching Kids by Eric Marcos - 2012
- Great Educational Ideas from TEDxNYED - 2012
- Hands-on Introduction to Mobile Learning App/Game Creation for Non-Programmers - 2012
- Buckling Down Down for Oklahoma Standardized Testing Military Style [VIDEO] - 2012
- Application of OBTE Principles by Randal Wickman - 2011
- Military Development at West Point by Col Casey Haskins - 2011
- Tony Wagner discussing learning at the 2011 Intellectual Warrior's Conference - 2011
- Social, economic and cultural commentary via remixed multimedia: Meet DJ Spooky - 2010
- Understanding Race to the Top and the Obama Education Reform Agenda (deja vu, GW Bush) - 2010
- Scrape blogs: A mildly dark (and certainly irritating) side of open content licensing - 2010