Hello fellow Educators,

Late in the year of 2014, teacher librarians Heidi Neltner and James Allen, while chatting to a group during #KyEdChat, came up with the idea that maybe we needed to encourage teachers to play to learn through an actual and statewide (World-Wide?) campaign for PLAY. (special thanks to @martypark for his tweets on that night too!)

We have a theory, of sorts, that people who play or tinker with things have a greater understanding of how to use it. Tinkering is an excellent way to learn about new technologies, and play is a great way to relieve stress – especially in those long months leading up to Spring break.

Here’s a video that explains the concept – with research!:

March 14-18, 2016, is the week we want to get everyone officially involved in– the week after KySTE. We thought this would be a great time for people to get together, play, and share their learning. We will be sending out more info and ideas in the upcoming weeks– and we’d love it if you joined the conversation here and on social media – just use the hashtag #KyGoPlay or tweet to @KyGoPlay.

We would love it if you hosted a #KyGoPlay event in your classroom, library, or your entire school. Hosting a #KyGoPlay event could provide you with a way to start conversations with other teachers, generate collaboration, and lighten the mood in your building and show off some of the things you have. Teacher librarians, you could provide teachers with a place to tinker and play with things like iPads, coding, computer applications, Office 365, Legos, cameras and editing software etc. You could also partner with your PE teacher and ask them to host a faculty “play” event that could also serve as a model for a team building exercise teachers can use in their classrooms.

Questions, comments, ideas? Just email one of us!
James.allen@oldham.kyschools.us
Heidi.neltner@fortthomas.kyschools.us

Feel free to share the video and information with your administrators!

Also…Here is a great post on www.fractuslearning.com by Heidi on #KyGoPlay.

http://www.fractuslearning.com/2015/02/18/work-no-play-makes-everything-dull/