PLAYDATE stands for People Learning and Asking Y: Digital Age Teacher Exploration. The PLAYDATE model for PD is the creation of Jennie Magiera (@msMagiera), Sue Gorman (@SJgorman), and Autumn Laidler (@mslaidler). Each of them had attended many conferences where they learned about "a myriad of new tools, websites, tricks and apps". But those ideas were stuck on to do lists. They needed a place to experiment, explore … to play with the tools and ideas and to find ways to apply all of those great tools to THEIR classrooms.It was on the plane home from another conference that the idea for a different kind of conference was envisioned and the idea that led to the first PLAYDATE: "We all agreed that we greatly value meeting new educators and discussing the good gospel that is innovative technology use. And yet we also lamented that we learn about a myriad of new tools, websites, tricks and apps at these conferences only to go back to the "real world" and have little to no time (usually the latter) to ever master or even simply explore any of it. For me, they usually end of in my "to explore" Google task list. Thus the idea of #PLAYDATE13 was born."Read the full post on Jennie's blog.This Education Week article discusses the first PLAYDATE.This is a Blog Post about the experience one participant had at the first PLAYDATE ever.The first PLAYDATE was held in three separate cities; Boston, Chicago and Portland in February, 2013. Events in other cities soon followed. Visit the main PLAYDATE website to learn more or to get information on creating a PLAYDATE event where you live.