Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing

Speed of Creativity Learning
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We need to play with media to become more effective communicators. This book was written to inspire and empower you, as a creative person, to expand your personal senses of digital literacy and digital agency as a multimedia communicator. As you learn to play with digital text, images, audio and video, you will communicate more creatively and flexibly with a wider variety of options. Although written primarily for educators, anyone who is interested in learning more about digital communication will learn something new from this book. As children, we learn to progressively make sense of our confusing world through play. The same dynamics apply to us as adults communicating with new and different media forms.
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Dr. Wesley Fryer is a digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, educator and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.”  Wesley earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of two books, “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Vol I.” (2013) and “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” (2011). He has taught technology integration courses for pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor at the University of Montana, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of North Texas, and Wayland Baptist University. Wesley has served as an organizer for the annual K-12 Online Conference since it began in 2006. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide. He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps and facilitates multi-day Scratch Camps for students helping them learn how to create games, make animations, and tell stories with free Scratch software from MIT. Wesley is the executive director of the nonprofit Story Chasers Inc. He is a passionate advocate for digital oral history and works to empower people to archive the stories of their families and community.

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Publisher
Speed of Creativity Learning
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Published on
Aug 31, 2011
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Pages
290
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ISBN
9780983104834
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Computers & Technology
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