Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Moving at the Speed of Creativity

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

Reflections on Screenagers Movie - Growing up in the digital age
September 2016

This 20 minute podcast features reflections by Sarah Fryer, Rachel Fryer, and Wesley Fryer after watching a screening of the film, Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age. This 70 minute movie was shown on September 21, 2016, to an audience of parents, students, and educators at Christ the King School in Oklahoma City. The film raises important issues relating to healthy living, Internet safety, identity, and digital citizenship. It highlights the importance of parents setting boundaries for screen use and access with kids, and the importance of being intentional with our choices when it comes to smartphones and other screens. In this podcast recorded after watching Screenagers together, Sarah, Rachel and Wes offer their takeaways from the film and some of the highlights which stood out as important and valid points.

An audio/enhanced podcast in the AAC format.

Reflections on a PBS Scratch Jr Coding Camp for Kids
September 2016

Coding is an important literacy skill we need to introduce to everyone in the 21st century! This podcast features reflections by Shelly Fryer following a PBS Scratch Jr. Coding Camp for Kids in Edmond, Oklahoma, on September 17, 2016. It also includes some recorded audio from Shelly's lessons during the workshop for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The coding camp was sponsored by The Div, a local 501c3 nonprofit "dedicated helping the next generation thrive through access to technology education." According to its official website, "ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.

ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language (, used by millions of young people (ages 8 and up) around the world. In creating ScratchJr, we redesigned the interface and programming language to make them developmentally appropriate for younger children, carefully designing features to match young children's cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development. ScratchJr is available as a free app for both iPad and Android tablets.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

Voices from iPadPaloozaOU + the iPad Media Activities & Project Matrix
August 2016

This podcast features a series of recordings from the first iPadPaloozaOU conference held in Norman, Oklahoma, on August 26 and 27, 2016. The first segment is a series of audio reflections shared by participants in Shelly Fryer's Friday breakout session, "The Room 108 Radio Show." Just like Shelly has her students share in her classroom radio show, iPadPaloozaOU participants shared their first names and answered the question of the day, "What have you learned at iPadPaloozaOU and are taking back to your classroom?" The second segment is Shelly Fryer's five minute closing keynote, shared on Saturday. Five different Oklahoma educators shared a short talk about a subject they are passionate about during the combined keynote. Shelly talked about homelessness in Oklahoma, her school, Positive Tomorrows, and the importance of loving and building relationships with the students in our classrooms. Shelly shared 1 correction via Twitter following her keynote: 1 in 21 Oklahoma students are homeless today, according to recent studies.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

Reflections on iPad Media Camp (July 2016)
July 2016

Welcome to a recorded podcast from the road with Wesley and Shelly Fryer, reflecting on the past week of iPad Media Camp workshops in Stilwell and Tulsa Oklahoma in July 2016. This is the fourth summer of iPad Media Camp workshops, which are multi-day, hands-on experiences for educators focused on using iPads to create and share media projects. For summer 2016, the curriculum for iPad Media Camps ( includes an "iPad Media Activity and Project Matrix" ( In this podcast reflection, Shelly and Wes discuss aspects of the workshops which went well and were different this year, including the use of the matrix to introduce teachers to whole-class, digital, interactive writing activities, "single-app" student projects using the SeeSaw Learning Journal, two-app projects, and more complex app smashing projects. During both iPad Media Camp workshops this week, Shelly taught other teachers how to create classroom radio shows (podcasts) using the free iOS app Opinion. Shelly facilitated a workshop participant podcast using the Opinion app after lunch in Tulsa on the first day of the workshop, and that 5 minute audio reflection is included in this podcast. Other portions of this episode were recorded using the free iOS app "Voice Record Pro." Shelly was able to "air drop" the M4A audio audio file from the Opinion app to Wes' iPhone, where he opened it in Voice Record Pro. All portions of the podcast were combined in the Voice Record Pro app and then saved as a video to the iOS Camera Roll. Wes uploaded the video to YouTube from the middle of rural Kansas (just south of Buffalo on US 75) thanks to available LTE cellular data coverage. The next day, Wes added some post-production audio bumpers to the podcast using Audacity on a Mac laptop, normalized the final FLAC format exported audio file using, and published it to Amazon S3.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

Preparing for the 2016 iPadPalooza and ISTE Conferences
June 2016

This podcast includes a practice mini-keynote as well a preparatory conversation between Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) in advance of the 2016 iPadPalooza Conference (in Austin, Texas) as well as ISTE Conference (in Denver, Colorado) in upcoming weeks. Shelly and Wes discuss several new ideas related to "The Digital Sharing Project" and the "Inside Outside Sharing" book they are currently working on. These included a proposed lesson cycle for the classroom (Make, Create and Share) and a possible digital badge workflow for media products in Shelly's classroom and in upcoming iPad Media Camp workshops in July. They also shared some "Geeks of the Week" in this episode. Wes' was the magnetized OKRA iPhone car holder, and Shelly's was the Netflix series, "Reign."

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

Classroom Passion Projects, Maker Studio & Digital Citizenship with Shelly Fryer
May 2016

This Speed of Creativity podcast features an extended interview with 3rd and 4th grade teacher Shelly Fryer, who shares about her students' classroom passion projects, learning in "Maker Studio," and learning about digital citizenship via the class chat feature of the iPad app News-O-Matic. Shelly has been teaching for over twenty years, and this was her third year to teach at Positive Tomorrows School in Oklahoma City. Positive Tomorrows is a special K-5 school which exclusively serves homeless children and their families. Shelly has taught in a 1:1 iPad classroom at Positive Tomorrows for the past 2.5 years, and continues to find multiple ways to integrate iPad use meaningfully into her curriculum through engaging student activities. As Shelly explains in the interview, PT truly is "the school she loves" for so many reasons. The curricular autonomy which she enjoys as a teacher empowers her to differentiate her curriculum to the learning needs and interests of her students, and bring a variety of STEM and Maker Education (MakerEd) learning activities to students as well. Shelly explains in the interview why this year's classroom "passion projects" were likely the best student projects she's ever facilitated as a classroom teacher. From learning to sew a dress, to how to code on an iPad, to learning how to dance, to learning how to play the guitar, her students each selected a topic of interest and then explored that topic for several weeks. Each student shared a culminating presentation with other members of the class, after becoming the local "expert" on their topic of inquiry. In the second part of the interview, Shelly shares how the "Create, Make and Learn" MakerED Institute in Burlington, Vermont, in the summer of 2013 was pivotal in her journey as a Maker and elementary teacher integrating STEM activities into classroom learning. Shelly tells the story of how her students enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to create, make, collaborate and share in her Maker Studio in the closing weeks of the school year. She also describes how she worked to build a kind, respectful, and collaborative classroom culture in which students could safely thrive as learners and problem solvers. Last of all in the interview, Shelly shares how she and her students used the "class chat" feature of the iPad app to have important conversations about digital citizenship, internet safety, and digital ethics.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

iPads in Maker Studio by Shelly Fryer (May 2016)
May 2016

This podcast is a recording of Shelly Fryer's presentation "iPads in Maker Studio" via a Google Hangout for the 2016 Global Maker Day Conference. The session description was: "Learn how our third and fourth grade students use their iPads in our maker studio to document their learning and share both inside and outside our classroom. See how apps for photo collages, green screen videos, making ebooks, coding apps, and Lego StopMotion are essential digital tools in our classroom maker studio for creating and sharing."

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

WordPress Security & 2 Factor Authentication
March 2016

This podcast is a recording of a presentation by Dr. Wesley Fryer on February 29, 2016, titled, "WordPress Security & 2 Factor Authentication" at the WordPressOKC meetup at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Check the podcast shownotes for links to referenced resources, including the Google Presentation shared during the session.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

Best Day of Classroom Blogging Ever with Shelly Fryer
February 2016

This podcast features an interview with 3rd and 4th grade teacher Shelly Fryer on January 29, 2016, in Oklahoma City. Shelly teaches in a 1:1 iPad classroom at Positive Tomorrows, a special school for homeless children which also serves their families in multiple ways. Shelly has been using blogging websites with her students for three years, to teach students about digital citizenship through interactive writing. The day of this interview was her current students' first day to experience blogging on an updated KidBlog website, however, and Shelly not only focused on writing with students but also on images and the digital citizenship conversations which relate to these activities online. Shelly's students have been doing a lot of "inside sharing" using the SeeSaw iPad app and website this year, and while she has shared some of the students' posts with a wider audience using Twitter, this was the first focused day of learning when students discussed and prepared for "outside sharing."

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

Reflections on iCamp KSU 2016 by Shelly and Wesley Fryer
January 2016

This podcast recording is a reflection by Shelly and Wesley Fryer about iCamp KSU 2016, a full day, hands-on workshop on integrating iPads in the classroom as tools for media creation by students to "show what they know with media." iCamp KSU was held at the Kansas State University Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kansas, and hosted by the Kansas State College of Education. It was organized by Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, a pre-service teacher educator at Kansas State. In addition to Shelly and Wes' reflections, this podcast includes five of the participant reflections shared as Adobe Voice videos.

An audio podcast in MP3 format.

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