Playing with Media - a fabulous read, listen and view! by Wes Fryer, author
Like many of you I saw the Tweet where Wes mentioned that his ebook was
ready. It was late and I was all ready to turn in for the night, but I
wanted to get this ebook right away, so I clicked to Amazon, downloaded
and began reading. I am so glad I started reading this right away, as I
am getting ready for back to school, and I do my best planning and
thinking at night.
With the cover image, by his youngest child Rachel, I was hooked or you
could say engaged! Then the purpose "to inspire and empower", had me
taking notes and planning where in my classroom I would introduce some
of the digital storytelling tools for my students to add to their
To begin with Wes has a chapter dedicated to Tips for Reading and a
glossary that my 82 year old mother could understand. Although this
could be mundane, ever the storyteller, Wes, gets the information
across in an entertaining way.
I like how Wes has examples to illustrate his ideas, which leads the
reader, inter-actor, teammate, actor, playmate, viewer, listener, and
creator to engage with this ebook. Wes gives all of us permission to
play in the sandbox. He gives us strategies to try as we move along in
the book. He gives us enough history so we are grounded and understand
that " we learn deeper when we actively DO rather than passively watch"
, ( Wes Fryer, Playing with Media).
His comments about testing, Common Standards, NETS, and 21st Century
Skills are woven into the storytelling journey with compelling
statements about how we need to incorporate digital media in
Transformational ways. Once you begin reading or listening or
interacting with this book and begin creating, you will be
transformational and part of this story!
Wes thanks for this wonderful inspirational ebook, I will begin by
creating the Flickr group 180schooldays , a public book where you and
your classrooms can begin the year long journey of a photo or image a
day. Join the Flickr group 180schooldays and tag your images with
#180schooldays. The power of the crowd going deep into new and
transformational interactive learning.