Meet Klista Rader – Digital Coach, Lead Learner


What’s your first and last name?

  • Klista Rader

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

  • Digital Coach, Lead Learner

How are you involved in education?

  • I partner with teachers, schools, and districts to provide coaching and assistance in educational technology, project based learning, and 1:1 programs.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Students would have voice and choice in how they learn and how they present their understandings. The physical classroom would be a comfortable environment with lots of light that uses flexible seating to maximize cooperative groups. Students would be involved a curriculum that is driven by inquiry, and use multiple types of technology to achieve their learning goals.

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

  • What do bold schools look like?
    Classroom game changers
    Instructional gains of 1:1

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 Coming Saturday, February 28, 2015

Please mark your calendar and register today (for FREE) to attend EdCampOKC on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Southmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma. EdCampOKC 2015 is sponsored by Moore Public Schools. A 1 page PDF marketing flyer is available, please forward this to other educators you know and encourage them to attend with you! Registration is available via EventBrite.


Photos, Tweets & Links from our 2nd PLAYDATE

We had a successful second PLAYDATE PD event today at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City! Check out the saved links from our shared Google Doc, as well as the Storify archived tweets below. Photos are available in this Flickr set. Our next PLAYDATE will be Saturday, March 28, 2015, and will focus on coding. Both students and educators/parents are welcome to attend! (Get ready for Minecraft “show and tell” by students!) We are going to work on getting some sponsorships so we can meet in downtown OKC, possibly in the Boathouse District or at John Rex Elementary. Remember to plan to attend EdCampOKC on Saturday, February 28, 2015! FREE registration will be available soon via EventBrite when our location is confirmed. If you’re not familiar with PLAYDATE events, check out the “backstory” page on our PLAYDATE OKC Google Site.

Reminders & Lunch Survey for PLAYDATE OKC Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is our 2nd PLAYDATE PD event in Oklahoma City and we’re looking forward to seeing you! We have 22 people registered as of 7:00pm Friday night. Here are a few last minute reminders.

1. Start Time & Schedule

We will start at 9 am in the morning (Sat Oct 4th) with a fun icebreaker activity. April and Wes will be there by 8:30, if you come early you can help staff our welcome table with nametags! Our schedule is available on:

We will be in rooms C100 – C105. We will have some light snacks available, but feel free to bring your own coffee if you want. Look for the PLAYDATE signs when you enter the building tomorrow, someone should be at the front desk to greet you and direct you to the C hall rooms.

2. Lunch Survey / Poll

We will wrap up by 1 pm and will adjourn to eat lunch together – we’ll decide that location via this electronic poll / Google Form! Please VOTE and help us decide where we eat tomorrow! After voting you can view the results so far.

3. Parking Map

Here’s a map showing where to park and enter John Marshall High School for PLAYDATE.


4. Charge Your Devices!

We’ll have power available, but the morning will be smoother if you bring charged devices. We will have iPads available for checkout, but you’re welcome to bring your own tablets and laptops. Bring your power supply / supplies too just in case. :-)

5. WiFi Info

The wifi network name for PLAYDATE tomorrow is:


There will NOT be a required password! Many thanks to OKCPS IT for setting this up for us again!

6. Photos

We are going to try and take more photos this time during the morning which we can share online later to let others know about PLAYDATE. If you would prefer to NOT be included in photos, please let us know by putting an asterik (*) on your nametag Saturday.

7. Invite Extra Folks

We will have room for more people to attend and participate, so if you know someone else who is interested in coming please invite them! Have them register via EventBrite before or at the event if possible so we can have their email and stay in touch.


Wes & April

2nd PLAYDATE in OKC: Saturday, October 4th

Please plan to join in our 2nd FREE “PLAYDATE” professional development event in Oklahoma on Saturday, October 4th from 9 am to 2 pm at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. PLAYDATE is similar to EdCamp, but the focus is PLAYING with apps and websites you want to explore along with other educators. Free registration is available on EventBrite, and more details about PLAYDATE are available on A 1 page printable PDF flyer is available and linked to the image below: Please share this with other teachers, librarians, administrators, and educators you know!


PLAYDATE OKC Google+ Community & Organizer Meetings

Please join our PLAYDATE OKC Google+ Community! We will use that G+ space to share resources, links, and our learning during and after PLAYDATE OKC!


Also, if you are interested in helping us organize our first PLAYDATE OKC on Saturday, May 10th from 6 – 10 pm at John Marshall High School, please join our organizer team. We’ve had several initial meetings and are now expanding our group to include more people interested in helping.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 23rd via a Google Hangout from 7-8 pm. For future meetings we may move to Tuesday nights, but this week Wednesday will work best. Please RSVP to this event in our G+ community if you can or might be able to attend.


PLAYDATE OKC 2014: Saturday May 10th

You are formally invited to register and attend PLAYDATE OKC, coming to John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 10th from 6 pm to 10 pm. No presenters. No agendas. Just playing. That’s right, a FREE night of tinkering with apps, playing with technology tools, and collaborating with other innovative educators in and near Oklahoma City! More information is available on, including registration via EventBrite. Please help us spread the word! A PDF marketing flyer is available you can print and share!


Find out if PLAYDATE is a good for your professional development by watching the 52 second video, “Is PLAYDATE Right For You?”

More information is available about the “backstory” of PLAYDATE OKC 2014! We’d love for you to join our volunteer organizer team!

Why EdCamp? A Crowdsourced Video Project

Did you attend EdCampOKC 2014? Have you attended EdCamp somewhere else? We want to know YOUR answer to the question: WHY EDCAMP?

One of our EdCampOKC 2014 organizers, Anne Beck, has agreed to put together these videos into a longer video we can share in advance of EdCampTulsa on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Jenks. Here’s what we need you to do to help out!

  1. Record a 15 – 30 second video of yourself answering the question, “Why EdCamp?”
  2. Upload your video to a cloud storage site like DropBox or Google Drive. Set the sharing to public and copy the link to the video file.
  3. Email THE LINK to your video file to annebeck2586 [at] gmail [dot] com by midnight on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Be sure you agree to our licensing terms: We’ll be sharing your video (along with others) on YouTube under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only License.

If you have questions about this project or run into trouble, send a tweet to Anne @MrsBeck25. She’ll share the compiled/composite video of submissions soon afterward, most likely by the end of next week so we can use it to help build more interest in EdCampTulsa!

Also, if you haven’t already, please register to attend EdCampTulsa on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Jenks. Registration is FREE and available via EventBrite. There are 132 registered as of today, and the facility capacity is just 200, so you need to register soon. This may be our first EdCamp event in Oklahoma to sell out! :-)

First PlayDateOKC Scheduling

One of the exciting ideas which emerged from EdCampOKC last Saturday was hosting a free “PLAYDATE” event in Oklahoma City later this semester. If you’re interested in this after reading this post, please complete this 1 question poll/survey also embedded below.


Saturday April Gustafson and I discussed hosting a PlayDate in the evening on an upcoming weekend at John Marshall High School where April teaches science in OKCPS. We’re thinking maybe a Saturday night from 6 – 10 pm.  If you’re not familiar with the “PlayDate” concept, check out the official PlayDate Google Site. PlayDate conferences are a brainchild of the amazing #BurNTA teachers in Chicago. PlayDate events correspond very well with the ethos and philosophy of EdCamps. They explain PlayDate conferences this way on their site:

A new kind of conference.
No presenters. No agendas. Just playing.
Explore the things you’ve never had time to explore.

This is a new kind of conference. Think about the last time you attended an EdTech PD, conference or other 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” many of us lack the time and support to actually try out all of these new tools.

PLAYDATE is a space for us to come together and collaboratively explore these tools we’ve always wanted to learn more about. The concept is to invite educators from around the area to join together on one day, sit in a room for a few hours and just play. They will collaborate to learn about EdTech apps, programs and tools with one another. There are no presenters in the room, no experts and no agenda. Simply time to play, tinker, and explore.

Like EdCamps, PlayDate conferences are now popping up around the United States. The key elements for a successful PlayDate are summarized in Carolyn Skibba’s tweet today: The time must be “collaborative, self-directed, presenter free, & hands on.”

For more background about PlayDate conferences, read Jenny Magiera‘s November 2012 post, “PlanePlanning: The Birth of #PLAYDATE13.” You can also check out this 30 min video “What’s a PlayDate?”

What do you think? Would you be interested in attending a FREE Saturday evening “PlayDate” conference later this semester in Oklahoma City? The Saturday evenings we’re considering are Sat March 29, or any of the Saturdays in April Please add your thoughts as comments to this post, and submit this poll (several times if desired) to let us know what date(s) are best for you.

posted by Wes Fryer

EdCampOKC 2014 Session Grid

Our session grid is updated and available on our schedule page!

Saturday schedule Grid (Google Spreadsheet)