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April 18th PLAYDATE Details

This information was sent via email to everyone registered for the PLAYDATE PD event on Saturday, April 18, 2015:

A Message from PLAYDATE OKC 2015 Organizers:

We’re looking forward to seeing you at PLAYDATE on Saturday at John Rex Charter School in Oklahoma City! We have 31 currently registered so this should be a super group. We’ve posted updated information on both “our schedule” page and “what to bring and know” page.

Definitely check out our event map!

We are planning to have 3 primary sessions which will repeat during Playdate, but each Minecraft/MinecraftEDU session will have a different suggested focus. You are welcome to attend all three sessions or stay in 1 session all morning… whatever suits you! We have some students who are Minecraft gurus designated to help facilitate/coach the Minecraft sessions, but don’t have other designated facilitators. We do have at least 1 certified Code.org instructor coming, and at least 1 Hopscotch quasi-expert! Remember this is PLAYdate, we’re going to play together and learn lots!

Here is some of the updated information from our website, copied here for your reference. Note on the map that we’ll be using meeting rooms upstairs on the THIRD FLOOR, look for the signs. Enter via the main entrance at Sheridan and Walker, parking is free on the streets adjacent to the school.

This is our updated schedule:
8:30 – 9:00 Registration / Refreshments
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome / Introductions / Overview
9:30 – 10:30 Session 1
  • Computer Lab: Minecraft Survival Challenge
  • Classroom 1: Hopscotch and Scratch
  • Classroom 2: Code.org
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 Session 2
  • Computer Lab: MinecraftEDU Tool Challenge
  • Classroom 1: Hopscotch and Scratch
  • Classroom 2: Code.org
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:00 Session 3
  • Computer Lab: MinecraftEDU Treehouse Challenge
  • Classroom 1: Hopscotch and Scratch
  • Classroom 2: Code.org

For our April 18th Playdate we will have:

  1. Open and fast wifi courtesy of OKCPS (The network ID will be edcampokc and will NOT require a password)
  2. Coffee and Bagels
  3. Minecraft and MinecraftEDU installed on 20 iMacs in the computer lab, along with a computer and LCD projector
  4. 29 Minecraft licenses from Mojang (userIDs and passwords) for participants to use during Playdate
  5. MinecraftEDU server
  6. Printed (yes on paper!) copies of the MinecraftEDU Basic Controls Quickstart Guide (PDF) and Minecraft Recipe Reference Guide (PDF)
  7. Flatscreen televisions with AppleTVs in each classroom
We recommend you install the following software on your own iPad or Android tablets you’re bringing to the workshop. Note Hopscotch is ONLY available for iOS, Scratch Jr is available for iOS and Android:

We also recommend you setup a free account on studio.code.org.

See you on Saturday! Please remember to charge your devices in advance!

Learn About Coding & Minecraft: Saturday April 18 at PLAYDATE OKC (free!)

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!

700+ Tweets and a LOT of Learning

EdCampOKC 2015 was a great success on Saturday! Many thanks to our hosts, sponsors, organizers and participants who made it a fantastic day of learning. A Storify archive of 700+ tweets from the day is available, including many photos. Thanks for sharing and keep it up using the #OklaEd hashtag!

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Help Us Thank EdCampOKC 2015 Sponsors

Please help us thank our 2015 EdCampOKC sponsors!

Use the ThingLink-powered image below to connect to, follow, and THANK our 2015 sponsors! Thanks to Adam Rogers (@MrRogersTech) and Tammy Parks (@tparks) for creating this interactive image!

Meet Alyssa Henley, Technology Integration Coach/ GATE District Coordinator

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What’s your first and last name?

  • Alyssa Henley

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Technology Integration Coach/ GATE District Coordinator

How are you involved in education?

  • I bring new technologies and ideas to our district. I help teachers integrate technology to enhance their curriculum. To take away some of the fear of trying new things, teachers schedule their classes with me and I work with the class modeling and co-teaching how to infuse the technology into their curriculum. I also provide professional development for the district and meet with teachers one-on-one. I also coordinate and teach our district’s gifted students.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal class is an environment where students are secure enough to build their confidence by taking risks and learning from their mistakes. I want students learning life principles and skill sets that will help my students be college and career ready.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Marketing yourself to your students ( past experience as a Vice President of Public Relations) , new teachers 101, active learning, technology integration, bringing science to life, code.org, or Chris Biffle’s Whole Brain Power Teaching.

Do you have a website or blog?

Are you on Twitter?


If you are attending EdCampOKC, we’d love to feature your information here too! Please submit this contribution form, including a small photo we can use in your post.

Meet William Walker, Director of Music

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What’s your first and last name?

  • William Walker

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Director of Music

How are you involved in education?

  • I teach at Mount St. Mary Catholic High School. Music in Society, History of Rock & Roll, Choir, and Drumline. Also enrolled (and over halfway done!) at Southern Nazarene University in the Masters of Educational Leadership program.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal school is saturated with acceptance for all types of students. Students that do not come to school to learn, come to be loved and accepted. If we understand that, then the foundation for an educational experience can be had.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Balancing love and acceptance with hard work and expectations.

Are you on Twitter?


If you are attending EdCampOKC, we’d love to feature your information here too! Please submit this contribution form, including a small photo we can use in your post.

Meet Jessica Jordan, Teacher

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What’s your first and last name?

  • Jessica Jordan

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • Currently I teach 7th grade geography at Shawnee Middle School. However, I have taught pre-K, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades- all subject areas in Tennessee and Georgia. I have also taught Ed. Psych and Collaboration classes to preservice educators at Columbus State University. Although I just finished my doctorate degree a year ago at Union University, I still feel like there is so much to learn and advocate for not only in Oklahoma, but throughout the United States when it comes to education.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • I love collaborative, purposeful lessons that engage students in learning, organizing, presenting, and life skills. In my room I have student work hanging everywhere…when it will stay up!

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Vital Parent Communication
  • Parents as Partners
  • Inspiring Educators
  • Behavior Management
  • Starting an Ed Chat (former co-creator of #TNedchat)
  • TweetDeck for Educators

Are you on Twitter?


If you are attending EdCampOKC, we’d love to feature your information here too! Please submit this contribution form, including a small photo we can use in your post.

Meet Katie Ann Wilson, Presenter/Trainer/Teacher/Augmented Reality Guru

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What’s your first and last name?

  • Katie Ann Wilson

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Presenter/Trainer/Teacher/Augmented Reality Guru

How are you involved in education?

  • EdTech is my passion. I present on a variety of topics focused on education in the classroom. My favorite topics are augmented reality in education. I love to share the many ways you can use and create augmented reality to use in education. I also love to share how to change a simple story and create it amazing with the help of a green-screen that doesn’t have to be green.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • The ideal classroom is an active and engaging environment. A place that is safe to explore, learn, and even learn from our mistakes.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • I have lead several edCamp session on green-screen, augmented reality, student learning systems, and web tools. I would love to share all day if needed on how to use and even create augmented reality experiences.

Do you have a website or blog?

Are you on Twitter?


If you are attending EdCampOKC, we’d love to feature your information here too! Please submit this contribution form, including a small photo we can use in your post.

EdCampOKC Postponed to Saturday, March 7, 2015

With safety in mind and based on the latest weather forecasts, the organizer team for EdCampOKC has decided to postpone our event at Southmoore High School until Saturday, March 7th. We regret this inconvenience but hope your plans will still permit you to join us in Moore on March 7th for a fantastic day of learning, networking, collaboration and prizes.

We need an accurate attendee count for lunch. If you CANNOT attend on this rescheduled date, please directly cancel your free ticket on EventBrite. Note you can only cancel an order on a desktop/laptop computer, not a mobile device. Alternatively, you can submit this short Google form and a member of our organizer team will cancel your ticket. (The Google Form can be filled out on any device.) If you CAN attend on March 7th, no action on your part is needed: Just bring your EventBrite ticket to EdCampOKC at 8:30 the morning of March 7th! See our reminders post from February 25th for more details about getting ready for this great day of learning!

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Weather and EdCampOKC 2015 (Thursday night update)

We emailed this message out tonight via EventBrite to everyone registered for EdCampOKC 2015. (460 at this point!)

A Message from EdCampOKC 2015 Organizers:

Here’s an update on where we are with a weather decision for EdCampOKC on Saturday, February 28th. We know many of you are traveling from out of town and we want to make the best decision to help everyone stay safe.

We will make a go / no go decision for EdCampOKC by noon on Friday, February 27th. We will email out that decision via EventBrite, and post it to Twitter (@edCampOKC) as well as our website, www.edcampOKC.org. We should have a clearer picture of the weather forecast at that time. If we are unable to hold EdCampOKC 2015 on Saturday, February 28th, we will postpone to Saturday, March 7th. Southmoore HIgh School is available for us to use their facility on March 7th if needed.

That said, we will definitely postpone if OSSAA cancels all athletic events in Oklahoma City for February 28th.

Thanks for your understanding! EdCampOKC is coming…we hope on Feb 28th, but if not it will be March 7th. We’ll be in touch tomorrow!

The EdCampOKC Organizer Team