Great Plains Summit: July 16th to 17th, 2020

Connected Play

Session Description

Learning synthesizes for kids when they get to ENGAGE in activities that are CONNECTED to a main idea. Kids need time to EXPLORE open ended activities and materials so they activate prior knowledge and make discoveries. What better time to do that than at the very BEGINNING of the school day? In this session you will learn what Connected Play looks like and walk away with ideas for blended learning AND facilitation/workflow through the use of Google Slides. NOTE: The pacing will be accommodated more for intermediate and advanced users. Computer/Chromebook platforms work best for accessing resources that are shared.


Session Schedule

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Session Presenters

Christine Pinto
Kindergarten teacher
Arcadia Unified, Southern California

Christine Pinto is a kindergarten teacher for Arcadia Unified in Southern California. Inspired by the kids she works with, she strives to make learning purposeful and the school environment an enjoyable place to be for her students. Christine is the founder of the hashtag #GAfE4Littles and co-author of the book Google Apps for Littles: Believe They Can. More recently, Christine has brought #GAfE4Littles into joining forces with #InnovatingPlay. Christine is a co-moderator of the #InnovatingPlay #SlowFlipChat, where she and Jessica Twomey facilitate discussions with educators about the ongoing cycle of connecting, wondering, playing, and discovering through a variety of intentional topics. Christine is a believer in the CAN mindset behind #GAfE4Littles, and has acquired the #InnovatingPlay mindset that learning and teaching can be done without limits!

Jessica Twomey
Kindergarten teacher

Jessica currently teaches Kindergarten in New Jersey, and has experience as a classroom teacher preschool through first grade. She completed her M.Ed. from Rutgers University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as additional graduate work and professional studies focusing on use of educational technology with young children. Together, with Christine Pinto, she works to build the Innovating Play mindset which examines the ways in which joyful, play-based experiences can be elevated for all learners through use of technology. Jessica and Christine work collaboratively between their Kindergarten classes on a daily basis from across the country, and hold the belief that the most effective way to utilize technology with young children is to create a foundation for seeing and experiencing humanity beyond the screen. She and Christine share about their work together at and co-moderate the #InnovatingPlay #SlowFlipChat to support all educators in connecting, wondering, playing, and discovering together.