Tech Playdates

No presentation, no workshop, no format! Come hang out, grab a bite, & find a buddy who wants to learn with you, from you, or teach you!

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EDIT: I didn't realize it was you, Kathy, when I wrote this - DUH! Of course you knew about it, haha! :) BTW, this is similar to an idea shared by Krissy Venosdale on Page 1 of the Ideation phase! Check it out! Great minds! -kj-

Fantastic! Would you believe we actually JUST did this - (but not as part of any formal district PD). Yesterday was Black Friday, and I put out an invitation for people to come to my studio (our brand-new middle school makerspace) and spend the day tinkering. Holy cow! It was incredible! We had teachers, parents, STUDENTS of all ages engaged and knee-deep in amazing projects. We went from 8-3, nonstop! It was definitely something I'd love to see happen in our school during a district PD day!

Blog post from a friend about the day: http://techforteachers.com/2015/11/black-friday-maker-day/

My Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kjarrett/albums/72157661163723800

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Hi Kevin and Kathy, 
I like both of your models. Kevin, I commend you for doing something the day after Thanksgiving!  I am in agreement about setting up a PD day that has no firm agenda or presentation and contains multiple activities that teachers can choose to do. I especially like the idea of scheduling dates with those innovative, interested teachers at the beginning of the year. I am glad to hear that people came even though it was not a "stipend" event. This is what I am trying to also work on in my district by instilling more casual, friendly events. And yes, food helps!

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Hi Kevin and Kathy, 
I like both of your models. Kevin, I commend you for doing something the day after Thanksgiving!  I am in agreement about setting up a PD day that has no firm agenda or presentation and contains multiple activities that teachers can choose to do. I especially like the idea of scheduling dates with those innovative, interested teachers at the beginning of the year. I am glad to hear that people came even though it was not a "stipend" event. This is what I am trying to also work on in my district by instilling more casual, friendly events that have open ended goals. And yes, food helps! Paula Marra  mentioned trying to see how these ideas could be fleshed out more, which I am down for. Coffee And Tech  is under Soft Skills.

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Awesome!!! Send me an email so I can add you to the gdrive folder . I will also add Kevin and Kathi (but I will also need their email)  Let's do this!!!! paula@teachersguild.org. I outlined a doc for us! YES!!!!! 

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Thanks Paula! I'm kjarrett@ncs-nj.org! See you Saturday in DC, too! Excited!

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See you there! Are you still meeting Lisa Friday 4th?

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Change of plans - decided to hold off, pushed to the 8th of January. See you Saturday!

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