To share ideas, apps, and tools for creating different kinds of multimedia products with teachers, parents, homeschoolers and students, I’m going to start offering monthly “Playing with Media Meetups” in Oklahoma City starting in January 2013. These will be FREE 3 hour BYOD (bring your own device) workshops held in one of the meeting rooms at our beautiful new Northwest Library in Oklahoma City.

Playing With Media Meetup!

I’ve scheduled the first three meetups on a new MeetUp.com group. Please share these with other folks in the Oklahoma City area who you know that might be interested. I am catering these hands-on workshops to homeschoolers as well as classroom teachers. Parents and grandparents are also welcome! Students 10 years old and older are welcome to attend these 3 hour sessions if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each meetup will be held on Friday mornings from 9 am to noon. Please join the “Playing with Media Meetups” group to RSVP for events and stay up to date. Each free event is limited to 40 participants.

Creating Enhanced eBooks with iPads (Fri Jan 18, 2013 – 9 am to noon)

Create Enhanced eBooksBring your own iPad to this FREE 3 hour, hands-on digital workshop where we’ll learn how to create and share enhanced eBooks. Enhanced eBooks can include recorded audio as well as images and text. These kinds of eBooks are perfect for parents and grandparents to create with young readers, or for learners of any age to create! Check out some examples on ebooks.playingwithmedia.com.

We’ll use two different apps to create enhanced eBooks in this session, which you’ll want to purchase/install on your iPad in advance. They are:

This is a FREE meetup/workshop led by Dr. Wesley Fryer. Homeschoolers, classroom teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in creating enhanced eBooks as well as helping kids create enhanced ebooks are welcome to attend. Students 10 years old and older are also welcome to attend WITH a parent.

More information is available about Wesley’s ebook “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” (2011) and “Mapping Media to the Common Core” (Feb 2013). More resources and links about creating enhanced eBooks are also available on Wesley’s wiki for this workshop: wiki.wesfryer.com/Home/handouts/ebooks

 Creating Games & Simulations with Scratch (Fri Feb 8, 2013 – 9 am to noon)

Create a Simulation or GameCome learn how to create stories, simulations and games with Scratch software in this FREE 3 hour, hands on BYOL (bring your own laptop) workshop. Scratch software (FREE for Windows & Mac) is a wonderful program for creativity and computational thinking. This FREE workshop will be led by Dr. Wesley Fryer, who has led several “Scratch Camps” for students as well as adults in the Oklahoma City area. This meetup is open to students 9 years and older, parents and educators. Homeschoolers are welcome! Scratch is a fantastic program for digital creativity, developing “STEM” skills like problem solving and computational thinking, and also having FUN! No prior knowledge or experience with Scratch is required for this workshop.

Creating Digital Puppet Videos (Fri Mar 15, 2013 – 9 am to noon)

Create Digital Puppet VideosCome learn how to create digital puppet videos in this FREE, 3 hour BYOI (bring your own iPad) workshop. If you haven’t seen digital puppet videos before, check out some examples on the student projects site of PlayingWithMedia.com. You’ll want to buy and install at least one of the following apps on your iPad prior to our workshop:

This is a FREE meetup/workshop led by Dr. Wesley Fryer. Homeschoolers, classroom teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in creating digital puppet videos as well as helping kids create them are welcome to attend. Students 10 years old and older are also welcome to attend WITH a parent.

Additional resources, examples, and tools about creating digital puppets are available on “Mapping Media to the Common Core.”

For additional background about what I’ve experimented with and tried in terms of local technology workshops in Oklahoma City, see my November 2012 post, “Lessons Learned: Hosting & Leading Local Technology Integration Workshops.” My participation on a panel presentation in October titled, “Create Your Own: Maker Culture in the Library” for the School Library Journal fall virtual conference was influential in my decision to try offering free workshops in a local public library. Hopefully these will be well received, I hope at least a few folks show up for each one!


Did you know Wes has published 3 eBooks, and 1 of them is available free? Check them out!

If you're trying to listen to a podcast episode and it's not working, check this status page. (Wes is migrating his podcasts to Amazon S3 for hosting.) Remember to follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wesley's Facebook pages for "Speed of Creativity Learning" and his eBook, "Playing with Media." Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Mapping Media to the Common Core / Curriculum."

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  • Vickie hull

    Wes, just read through the dates/times of the workshops. I see that they are on Fridays, so I probably will not be able to attend, but I look forward to reading more of your posts. You are truly an inspiration to me! Vickie Hull

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