Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcasts focus on education, twenty-first century literacy, authentic instruction and technology integration.


Post-Workshop Reflections on Improving Student Writing with iPads
Posted: January 2014

This audio podcast is a reflection by Wesley and Shelly Fryer following a series of workshops on "Improving Student Writing with iPads" shared in Lewisville, Texas, January 23 and 24, 2014. We reflected on the tools and apps shared during the workshop, including TodaysMeet, KidBlog, and AudioBoo, and also discussed how different teachers (with different levels of experience using iPads and teaching students) can start implementing these ideas with students.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Reflections on Prisons, Schools, Poverty and Families in Oklahoma
Posted: December 2013

This Christmas Eve 2013 audio podcast is a recorded conversation with Shelly and Wesley Fryer, reflecting on their recent experiences on December 9th with the "Redeeming the Family" outreach ministry at Mable Bassett Women's Prison in McCloud, Oklahoma. Redeeming the Family is an organization serving the innocent children of incarcerated parents in Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Messages Project. The Oklahoma Messages Project provides opportunities for mothers and fathers in prison to choose a free book for their child/children and read the book (or an excerpt) for them as part of a DVD message. These DVDs are delivered to the child/children's caregivers before holidays like Christmas, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Research shows that increased communication between incarcerated parents and their children can reduce the chances those children will become incarcerated themselves. Redeeming the Family (redeemingthefamily.org) provides opportunities for volunteers to serve in the Oklahoma Messages Project multiple times each year at different Oklahoma prisons around the state.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Going 1:1 – Planning for Success by Jake Heister
Posted: December 2013

This audio podcast is a recording of Jake Heister’s presentation on December 4, 2013, at the Interactive Learning Institute in Norman, Oklahoma, titled, “Going 1:1 – Planning for Success.” The ILI Conference is sponsored each year by the K-20 Center at the University of Oklahoma. The official session description was “Many well-intended 1:1 initiatives fall short of their potential due to lack of planning in a few key areas. This session will detail the planning process for our current implementation of a 1:1 Chromebook environment, tips for success, and lessons learned.” Although this description mentions Chromebooks specifically, Jake addresses planning issues for 1:1 projects applicable to all platforms and devices. This was an outstanding presentation, and one of the best the publisher (Wesley Fryer) has heard in the past five years about 1:1 computing initiatives.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Powerful Listening - Powerful Influence: A Conversation with Tim Hast
Posted: November 2013

Listening is a vital skill we all need to intentionally practice for both personal and professional success in life, but many of us don't. This podcast is a recorded interview with Tim Hast, a friend and the author of the book "Powerful Listening. Powerful Influence. Work Better. Live Better. Love Better: by Mastering the Art of Skilful Listening." In our 25 minute audio interview together Tim discusses four key elements of "active listening" which can make a tremendous difference in the relationships we have at work and at home.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


All My Lesson Plans are in Google Docs! (An Interview with Shelly Fryer)
Posted: September 2013

This podcast is a 17 minute interview with Shelly Fryer, who is teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade students in a self-contained classroom this year in Oklahoma City. Shelly has been out of the classroom for over a decade, and in returning has committed to teaching as a twenty-first century educator. One of her top priorities was to find a way to digitally create and share her lesson plans. In this interview she explains how she’s using Google Docs for lesson planning, how she’s directly linking to YouTube videos she’s using in lessons, how she’s utilized some paid YouTube videos for “brain breaks” with students as well as commercially sold lesson plan resources on “Teachers Pay Teachers.” She also shares some of her other newly developed technology skills including creating shorter PDF file “excerpts” of longer files, using her Smartboard for digital writing, dabbling a bit with Twitter, and using the Augmented Reality app CoLAR with students. Technology skills Shelly wants to develop in upcoming weeks include using her YouTube channel to create playlists of videos, using a classroom KidBlog site with her students for interactive writing, using a classroom Twitter account to connect her students to a wider audience for their writing, learning how to differentiate math lessons for her students using the Khan Academy “coaching” option, finding free lessons plan resources on Curriki, and introducing her students to programming and problem solving on the iPad using the free CargoBot app.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Podcast408: Redefining the Science Classroom by Autumn Laidler
Posted: August 2013

This podcast is an audio recording of Autumn Laidler’s fantastic presentation, “Redefining the Science Classroom,” on August 16, 2013, at the iPad Academy of Chicago Public Schools. As an elementary teacher in a 1 to 1 iPad classroom, Autumn is a practical advocate for the SAMR model of technology integration and strives to help her students reach the transformative level of technology integration. The official session description was: In this session, participants will explore the use of multimedia science journals, blogs in the content area, and creation applications like iMovie. Learn how to create collaborative partnerships and projects with other classrooms and how to engage students in video creation and multimedia journaling in all subject areas, with specific examples for transforming science workshop.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Educreations in Your Classroom: Use Narrated Slideshows to Enhance Learning
Posted: August 2013

This podcast is an audio recording of Jamie Reynolds and Amy Paden's "Learning Walk" presentation "Educreations in Your Classroom: Use Narrated Slideshows to Enhance Learning" on August 7, 2013, at the TechKnowledgey 2013 Conference in Missoula, Montana. Jamie is the Library Media Specialist at Twin Bridges School, and Amy is a 1st grade teacher at Twin Bridges. They both were participants in the Spring 2013 "Mapping Media to the Common Core" course taught by Wesley Fryer via videoconference through the University of Montana. On their handout, Jamie and Amy wrote: Sharing these [student] presentations can be very powerful because parents and others have the opportunity to see and hear the work, ideas, and creativity of the students. Parents, grandparents and others will truly appreciate being able to connect with their kiddos in this way. Find someone on your staff or in a professional learning network you can collaborate with. This professional relationship will enable you to offer deeper educational experiences for you and your students. Subscribe to blogs, use twitter and seek out opportunities to enrich your knowledge base. These global forums offer great inspiration and ideas for your classroom and school.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Amplifying Our Students: Social Media in the Classroom by Jennifer Magiera an...
Posted: July 2013

This podcast is an audio recording of Jennifer Magiera and Autumn Laidler's ISTE 2013 presentation, "Amplifying Our Students: Social Media in the Classroom." The official session description was: Find ways to leverage social media, such as Twitter, blogs, Google Moderator and YouTube to amplify K-12 student learning and create more authentic learning environments. Refer to the podcast shownotes to Autumn’s blog, “Science in the City,” and Jennie’s blog, “Teaching Like It’s 2999.” This was a FANTASTIC presentation about truly helping students to discover their voices, be empowered to responsibly and constructively share their voices / ideas with others on social media, and make learning much more engaging for everyone concerned. Jenny and Autumn rock! Their students and fellow teachers are blessed to know them and work with them in Chicago Public Schools!

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Game Changing Apps with Brad Waid and Drew Minock
Posted: July 2013

This podcast is an audio recording of Brad Waid and Drew Minock’s presentation, “Game Changing Apps” at the Podstock Conference in Wichita, Kansas, on July 19, 2013. The official conference session description was: Game Changing Apps with Brad Waid, Drew Minock. We will be presenting game changing apps for student engagement, teacher productivity, and augmented reality. We will show you how we are using these apps to change the culture and engagement in our classroom and our school. This session will benefit all grade levels and administrators. This is happening now! Come see how we are changing the game!

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Learning About the Textile Industry Through Object-Based Global Exchange
Posted: June 2013

This podcast is an interview with Branson Skinner and Liz Ricketts, founders of theOR.org and a global exchange framework which helps students learn about the textile industry, sustainable textile production, and a host of global literacy issues through the object-based curriculum TheseThingsTakeTime. This interview was recorded in Washington D.C. on June 15, 2013, at the Connections Conference hosted by the Sidwell Friends School. At Sidwell Friends, this initiative has been the focus of 6th grade “service learning” projects the past two years. According to Branson and Liz’ website, “Our object exchange project creates a microcosm of global trade for education. Participants begin by designing and creating an item for someone else, somewhere else. Each person is partnered with a peer across borders through the exchange of their items. Not only does the exchange serve as a creative outlet to foster empathy, but it also represents a gateway to building relationships. ‘Those people’ found in textbooks and news reports become ‘the person I know.’ This shows the incomplete nature of stereotypes and encourages participants to consider global perspectives. In addition to fostering relationships, participants examine the resources they use in creating the objects they exchange. Working with natural dyes made from school lunches, organic cotton and fabric scraps from local designers, participants can examine the full lifecycle of the things they use everyday. Different ways that resources are used in each location add to what participants can learn from one another.” This project presents wonderful opportunities for students and teachers to engage in interdisciplinary studies. It also provides concrete ways to learn about the complexities involved in the textile industry as well as our globalized economic supply chains. By connecting students in the United States to students in Ghana, and exchanging textile products the students have created for each other (scarves) the project provides powerful opportunities for students to learn about global issues in individual, personal ways which impacts the perceptions and pre-existing stereotypes which students from different cultures have of each other. Visit theor.org for more information and ideas about getting your own students involved in this object-based global exchange project.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Radio Shows & iOS Audio Podcasting with Joe Dale
Posted: May 2013

This podcast is an "over the pond and through the fiber" audio recording of a Skype conversation between UK educator Joe Dale and US educator Wes Fryer on May 7, 2013. The topic of conversation was radio shows and audio podcasting, and specifically highlighted different apps and techniques for creating radio shows with mobile iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone. Publication of this podcast was delayed by the migration of Wes' blog to a new web host and his podcast files to Amazon S3.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.


Montana Teachers Share "Why We Teach"
Posted: April 2013

This podcast features twenty-five Montana teachers and one Oklahoma teacher answering the question, "Why We Teach?" Many of these teachers share stories about the teacher or teachers who inspired them to join the profession, and why they have persevered as education professionals. These recordings were originally made using the free AudioBoo (Classic) app on iPads, and then imported into the free software program Audacity. A twenty minute video tutorial about this process is available and linked in the podcast shownotes, along with other referenced sites.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

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