Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This podcast features an almost-complete recording of Dr. Wesley Fryer’s keynote, “Inspiring Creativity and Curiosity with Media,” on November 18, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt at the second annual EduForum Conference. The keynote description was: “As automation and the disruptive march of technology continues into virtually every aspect of our lives, it is vital we cultivate both creativity and curiosity in our students. Many jobs and vocations of the future will require teamwork, collaboration, project management, and independent work skills historically…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

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:…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This past Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I had an opportunity to participate in a “mini-retreat” with colleagues from Casady School (@casadyschoolokc) at the Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma (@ouinnovationhub).This is a group of both faculty and staff, involved in supporting and teaching coding and computer science at different levels at our school. This morning on Saturday, I recorded an almost 10 minute narrated slideshow, reflecting on five things this mini-retreat encouraged me to consider and think about as we strive…

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The Simple System For Planning Project Based Learning Experiences – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

The most successful teaching begins, therefore, with clarity about desired learning outcomes and about the evidence that will show that learning has occurred. Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units There is something happening across the country and around the world right now. It’s hidden in the planning sessions of colleagues, in the professional development opportunities at schools and conferences, and in the hallways as teachers and administrators talk with each other about…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Hello and Happy New Year! That may sound odd on January 27, 2018, but it’s been over a MONTH since I’ve posted to my blog in mid-December. There are a variety of reasons for this, but rest assured I’m not becoming a “blog fader.” 🙂  This may be the longest lapse in blog posts for me here in over a decade, however, so this at least deserves an acknowledgement if not a partial explanation. I need to publish a new…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I’m presenting and attending at the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus today and tomorrow, and this afternoon I stopped by the poster sessions outside the vendor hall. I met several different Ohio high school students who have been learning to create interactive games using the free Scratch programming language and MakeyMakey controllers. This is very interesting to me for several reasons, including the fact that my wife (@sfryer) and I are co-leading an after-school Scratch coding club for older…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

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…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Today I had an opportunity to share a 41 minute presentation with Mrs. Finley’s 12th grade Creative Writing class at our school, which I called, “Book Publishing 101.” Her students have spent the past several weeks writing and creating original children’s picture books, and publishing them as eBooks as well as printed books using Book Creator online, Book Creator for iPad, and the website Lulu.com. Here are the slides I used during my presentation: Mrs. Finley requested I record my…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The highlight of my Mondays now is getting to co-facilitate an after-school Scratch Coding Club with my wife. Today one of our fourth graders discovered a wonderful Scratch block that simplified a much more complex set of blocks I’d showed him a few weeks ago, and created a simple shooting cannon / animated cannon. I suspect this code sequence may become the genesis of several games which will be created by our students in upcoming weeks. Here’s the story of…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This afternoon for lunch and after lunch, I had the wonderful opportunity to join our 6th and 7th grade science teachers at the bi-monthly meeting of the Oklahoma STEM Consortium facilitated by Anissa Angier (@AnissaSmiles). Anissa is the “K12 STEM Instructional Facilitator” for Edmond Public Schools, and has been helping organize and lead this group of STEM-focused educators for the past year. This is the first time I’ve been able to attend one of their meetings, and although we had…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

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…

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A Checklist for Planning Project-Based Learning From Scratch – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Three of my favorite Project-Based Learning experiences took shape in completely different ways and circumstances. My students and I created “Project: Global Inform” together, after tweaking the original assignment. My students were studying genocide and human rights violations, and the culminating activity was writing a letter/email to a politician who could help stop the injustices that were happening around the world, or in our own community. My students wanted to do more, and Project: Global Inform was born. Instead of…

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Over 75,000 students from 14 countries are ready for the Global Day of Design #GDD18 on May 4th – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Last year over 60,000 students from 600+ schools, in over 12 countries and four different continents participated in our second annual Global Day of Design. The hashtag went viral as students and teachers shared and launched their creative projects all day long around the globe. This year, we are doing it again, and we can’t wait to see what students design, build, and make! Already we have over 75,000 students signed up to participate from 600+ schools, in over 14 countries…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

In November 2017, I shocked my family and many friends by switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. Ten of the reasons why I switched are detailed in this post, but the main four were: Travel Security Lower Cost Extended Battery Life Google AI Technology in the Google Assistant It’s been a good experiment, but I’ve been missing iOS and an iPhone for multiple reasons. Later today I’m throwing in the towel and purchasing a used iPhone 6+ for…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

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, digital 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…

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Mock It Up! 9 Tools for Learners to Design, Blueprint, and Visualize Their Innovations – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“Proper perspective brings about clear direction.” – Mike Anthoni, Author of The Blueprint One way to truly inspire innovation is to send students on learning missions or challenges to invent or imagine a new app, vehicle, machine, building, or system that solves a problem. I’ve sent students on missions to imagine a house or vehicle for people to live on in space. I’ve challenged them to invent apps to solve real world problems they face or to help a superhero. I’ve gotten…

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10 Design Thinking Activities to Get Your Group Creating – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When John and I wrote LAUNCH, one of our main driving beliefs was around the fact that all kids are naturally creative. We started the book with this short manifesto on the need for creative classrooms: We believe . . . We believe that all kids are naturally creative and that every classroom should be filled with creativity and wonder. We want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be…

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4 Fab Text Generators – Education Article

4 Fab Text Generators  for Web or Blog headers….or Just for Fun Geeky Stuff! 1. Ransom Note Generator I really like this Ransom Note Generator…but it’s a bit tricky…you have to play with it to get good results, adding spaces, capitol letters, and the like. But when you’re done you can download the image to your HD & I crop it with PicMonkey or Photoshop,  but I think it’s right nifty! Here are some tips from the site: Tips: Use…

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EARCOS Teacher’s Conference is in Bangkok this year and I’m presenting! – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Who among my #PLN is going to EARCOS 2019? Cause I’ll be there. I’m excited to announce that a new workshop that I have been cooking up with Nik Mad will make its debut at the EARCOS Teacher’s Conference 2019 in Bangkok! Here is the description of our workshop: STRAND: Design TechnologyTitle: Cre8 Design Cre8 Design is a workshop in which Nik Madalinski and Zach Groshell let the participants personalize the presentation. Influenced by the play Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,…

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Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Yesterday, I presented a new keynote for the NJAIS Innovation Symposium, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L. The purpose was to help teachers facilitate and inspire student innovation. As I prepared for my keynote, I had to think about how teachers who perhaps didn’t define themselves as “innovators” might go about inspiring students to be innovative. First, I defined innovation as finding solutions to problems. Then, I propose that the main role of schools, who…

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Think Design: The Future of an Accessible World – Education Article

Despite there being numerous advances made over the years regarding accessible design, there are still fundamental flaws that remain unaddressed. Even with new disability laws being introduced every few months, awareness campaigns being held frequently, and new technology being developed every day – millions of people still encounter accessibility difficulties in their daily lives. That’s why it’s so important that we continuously raise awareness on the subject and seriously consider how we can improve facilities, so people don’t feel ostracized…

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10 Ways To Instantly Make Your Blog Better! – The Edublogger – Education Article

Your blog might be full of inspiring ideas but are people reading your posts? Are they sticking around and returning when you publish new content? I have the pleasure of reading a lot of blogs as part of my role with Edublogs. I’m going to fill you in on a few easy tweaks that I believe can improve the reader experience and help you build a bigger audience. Regardless of whether you have a professional educator blog, student blog, or…

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The best of both worlds – Education Article

There’s no point landing the perfect plane at the wrong airport. That’s an analogy someone shared with me several years ago to explain Design Thinking, and it has resonated with me ever since for two reasons. Firstly, it exposes the solution-first approach that pervades the corporate sector; and secondly, it challenges our obsession with perfection. When I look across the business landscape, I’m continually surprised by the decisions that some companies make on behalf of their customers, without those decisions…

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Gift horses | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. I’m fascinated by this quote that Henry Ford may or may not have uttered. In The best of both worlds I promoted Design Thinking as a means of using customer insights to inform strategic decision making. However, as the above quote suggests, customers don’t know what they don’t know. Sometimes it takes an expert to show them. In an era in which the very existence of…

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