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2 modules


Course Length

60 mins


SimpleK12 Team

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This is session four of six for the series titled “Playful Learning”

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

Workshop Description:
Successful classroom playdates are important for your upper elementary and middle school students' well-being. Well thought out curriculum and educational interest-based play dates are unique opportunities for our “middles” to connect with one another, learn how to interact with others in and outside of a school environment and strengthen relationships. Join Naomi Harm, a Genius of Play Ambassador, as she shares ten successful playdate ideas that can help children play, learn, and communicate together in a collaborative 4th – 8th grade classroom. Participants will also have an opportunity to design their own playful learning activities that they can immediately use with their students.

Presented by Naomi Harm

Naomi Harm is an EdTech influencer and women in leadership strategist. She has a passion and drive for instigating STEM innovation into all of her professional learning offerings. Naomi welcomes every opportunity to share her researched-based expertise on brain-based learning instructional approaches, sensory tactile learning experiences, as to provide ALL students of every ability the access and equity to STEM teaching and learning resources to build their life long learning confidence.


  • Discover ten successful playdate ideas that can help children play, learn, and communicate together in a collaborative 4th – 8th grade classroom.
  • Grow your students social, emotional well-being and their learning confidence through interactive communication and collaboration learning activities, protocols, and design challenges.

Special Technology Instructions

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will complete an exit ticket through a collaborative Jamboard to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate SimpleK12 Certificate of Completion

Learning Credits

CEU 1.0


Viewed a 60 Min On-Demand Course

50 points
On course completion