Moving at the Speed of Creativity PodcastsAuthor: Wesley A. Fryer
18 Aug 2018

Moving at the Speed of Creativity Podcasts

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity Podcasts include presentations and reflections relating to student engagement, the effective use of digital technologies to support learning, digital storytelling, web 2.0 in the classroom, and other topics related to improving both teaching and learning. Learn more on www.speedofcreativity.org. Produced by Wesley Fryer in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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    Podcast462: Inspired by Tricia Fuglestad and Make Media Camp Lessons Learned

    Welcome to Episode 462 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcasts, a now-wildly irregular podcast by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) focusing on digital creativity, media literacy, educational literacy and instructional technology. This episode includes two segments. The first is an interview with Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes), our elementary art teacher at Casady School in Oklahoma City. This past spring, Megan had an opportunity to travel to the Chicago area and spend part of a day with Tricia Fuglestad (@fuglefun). Tricia is an amazing elementary art teacher and utilizes a wide variety of technologies in her classroom to encourage creativity and empower student expression. Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) and Wes interviewed Megan about her experiences, observations and takeaways from her time with Tricia in early June, 2018. The second segment of this podcast is a conversation between Shelly and Wes about their two recent Make Media Camp workshops (@MakeMediaCamp) with teachers in Kansas City and Oklahoma City. They highlight a variety of lessons learned and changes they've made to this one day media experience which introduces teachers to six different media projects and classroom activities: narrated images, photo collages, class radio shows / podcasts, paper-slide videos, Goose Chase mobile media scavenger hunts, and multimedia eBooks. Learn more about Make Media Camps on www.MakeMediaCamp.com, and access all workshop curricula from these workshops on the Archives link under Resources. Check out the shownotes for this podcast for links to additionally referenced resources.

  • Posted on 15 Jul 2018

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    Podcast461: Instructional Coaching, Middle School French Class and Explain Everything for iPad

    Welcome to episode 461 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer, from March 18, 2018. This podcast features an introductory overview about instructional coaching and technology integration coaching specifically, drawing on the author's experiences in this role with teachers since the late 1990s. In addition to defining instructional coaching, keys to successful instructional coaching experiences for mentor teachers as well as coaches are highlighted, as well as "lessons learned."  The second part of the podcast features an interview with middle school French teacher Blake Pardue, who has been connecting his students to "pen pal" classrooms of French speaking students in Europe and in Africa for several years. The past two years, Blake's students have used the iPad app "Explain Everything" to create media-rich introductions of themselves and practice their French skills with their pen pals. This interview was a reflection with Blake Pardue and Wes Fryer about this year's iteration of the Explain Everything project, which utilized the new "cloud based" and collaborative version. They discuss project procedures and lessons learned. Refer to the podcast shownotes for links to referenced apps and resources from the show.

  • Posted on 14 May 2018

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    Podcast460: UCO and OCCC Concurrent Classes, GitHub in CompSci, and Elementary Coding Lessons

    Welcome to episode 460 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer, from March 13, 2018. This podcast features a series of three recent interviews, and opens with a recommendation to try the newly updated Anchor.fm website and Anchor mobile app for podcast creation and publishing. The first interview is with high school senior Sarah Fryer, who shares her experiences and lessons learned taking concurrent classes from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) as a student in Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). Sarah took two classes from UCO in fall 2017, including one online course and one face-to-face course at the UCO campus in downtown Oklahoma City. This spring Sarah is taking two concurrent classes from OCCC, again one online and another face-to-face. The second interview is with Eric Ebert (@biggestmeow), the high school computer science teacher at Casady School. Eric shares a little about the growth of the computer science program at Casady, and how he has been using GitHub and GitHub classroom to help his students manage their coding projects. Eric also shared how he’s used audio podcasts created with Garageband and SoundCloud to encourage student reflection during and at the conclusion of coding projects. The third interview is with Shelly Fryer (@sfryer), a 3rd grade teacher at Casady School who has been integrating coding into her language arts lessons and Maker Studio time using the iPad app PBSkids Scratch Junior. Shelly taught an after-school class for 3rd and 4th graders in fall 2017 on coding with PBSkids Scratch Junior, teaching students how to create animations, tell stories, and create simple games. In spring 2018, Shelly has taught the same after-school class on PBSkids Scratch Junior for first and second graders. She has also co-led an after-school coding class using Scratch software for third and fourth graders. She shares stories and lessons learned from these coding classes, and also highlights her recent experiences at a Code.org workshop in San Antonio as one of three coding Ambassadors from Oklahoma. Please refer to the podcast shownotes for links to referenced resources and student projects from this podcast. Share your feedback as a comment on this podcast episode on speedofcreativity.org, or by reaching out on Twitter to Wes Fryer @wfryer.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2018

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    Podcast459: Highlights from OETC 2018

    This podcast features three different recordings from the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, which was held in Columbus, Ohio, February 12-14, 2018. The first is an interview with high school students who have learned how to create interactive games using Scratch software. They also have created DIY game controllers using the MakeyMakey and supplies like tin foil, cardboard, alligator clips, play dough, and bananas. The second interview is with high school senior Arthur Bodenschatz, who is part of the broadcast journalism team in North Canton City Schools, Ohio. Arthur and his classmates use an amazing “mobile storyteller” converted RV to conduct professional quality interviews at events like the Ohio educational technology conference. The third interview is Arthur's interview of me at OETC, in which he asked me about my reasons for becoming a teacher and technology director, the pace of technological change in our society, and a few other topics. Two of these three recordings are also available as videos on YouTube and Vimeo, which are linked in the podcast shownotes. In addition to these three recordings, a few reflections on some additional highlights of OETC 2018 are included. These focus on Eric Curts' (@ericcurts) 3 hour workshop "Write Right with Google Tools: Improving Writing in all Subjects," Todd Beard's (@teacherbeard) session on Minecraft for Education, and Apple Education's workshop on updates to iOS 11. Please refer to the podcast shownotes for links to referenced resources, as well as a raft of Wes' tweets from OETC 2018 sharing additional tips and links from sessions. (Since Storify is going offline and doesn't support the creation of new Twitter archives, this blog post will hopefully serve that function to archive these learning takeaways.

  • Posted on 18 Feb 2018

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    Podcast458: Reflections and Lessons Learned from STEAM Studio Fall 2017

    This podcast features a recorded audio reflection by Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) on their co-led fall 2017 "STEAM Studio" class for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders at Casady School in Oklahoma City. This is an eight week after-school program, and this was the second year for Megan and Wes to collaborate on STEAM Studio. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to referenced resources including "The Creative Learning Spiral" by Mitch Resnik (@mres), the new book "Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play" by Resnik, "The Storymatic Kids!", iOS apps ChatterPix, YakIt Kids and Green Screen by DoInk, and more! Check out more STEAM resources and ideas on Megan's classroom website on http://seeingnewshapes.casady.org/steam

  • Posted on 03 Dec 2017

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