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AI and The Power of Play – Bonus Episode with Activ8

In this episode, I chat with Mike McDonald, CEO of Activ8, all about using AI to personalize play-based learning experiences for kids. You’ll also hear about how Activ8 uses AI to give educators ideas for screen-free play activities that can be tailored to specific learning goals and classroom environments. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more hands-on, movement-based activities into your classroom, this episode is for you!

Listen to the podcast episode on your favorite platform:

AI and The Power of Play

  • Use Activ8 to get personalized play ideas based on your class setup.
  • Dedicate time for AI-generated, screen-free active learning.
  • Let students choose and lead play activities.


This episode is brought to you by Activ8, which is on a mission to reintroduce play in education at every level. Activ8 starts with a kit – literally a box – that has games, activities, brain teasers, and more, that help kids engage with each other without being tied to the screen. And there’s great news for teachers – Activ8 also comes with Plai (pronounced play), an AI-powered app just for them that instantly curates activities in context. Have thirteen kids, ten minutes, two cans and a piece of paper (oh, and one student is in a wheelchair?) Plai will instantly give you an activity for exactly that scenario. For any and every scenario. Check it out at >>


Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? I don’t want you to miss an episode and hope you’ll keep following along with me on this podcast journey. When you follow along on Apple Podcasts the new episodes will appear in the app so you don’t have to remember to go looking for them… Click here to follow on Apple Podcasts! And if you have a minute for a BIG favor, add a rating and review to the podcast, too — I would certainly appreciate it!

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  • Learn more about Activ8 on their website  ($50 off with promo code “Activ8Monica”)
  • Follow Activ8 on Facebook & Instagram, search hashtag #Activ8Now
  • Connect with Mike McDonald via email
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Blog Author and EdTech Consultant Dr. Monica Burns

Monica Burns

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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