This podcast is an audio recording of Wesley Fryer’s keynote address, “Reach for the Stars Using Media in Your Classroom,” on September 28, 2011, in Concord, New Hampshire. This presentation was shared for a gathering celebrating the 30th anniversary of NHSTE (New Hampshire’s Affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education) at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. The presentation focused on our obligations to be multimedia communicators as educators, the basics of “Playing with Media,” and examples of outstanding student media projects from New Hampshire students. Amidst a continuing barrage of exciting new technologies like the Apple iPad, Amazon Fire and Google Chromebook, the right question to ask is NOT, “Should we buy X device for our students?” The right question to ask is, “What do we want our students to DO with the tool we buy?” Check out the podcast shownotes for links to the presentation slides as well as referenced links and videos from the presentation.

Show Notes:

  1. Reach for the Stars Using Media in Your Classroom (slides)
  2. What happens in 60 Seconds on the Internet (April 2011)
  3. The Playing with Media 180 Challenge for Educators
  4. What Technology Wants” by Kevin Kelly (a great book to read or listen to on Audible)
  5. The Kindle Fire
  6. Kindle Fire TV Commercial (30 sec)
  7. Google Chromebook
  8. You had me at 8 seconds
  9. Chromebooks for Education (2:13)
  10. See resources for digital text, image, audio and video sharing on
  11. See examples of shared student projects on
  12. Purchase “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” as an eBook or paperback
  13. Google Sketchup software (free)
  14. Scratch software (free)
  15. Green Cities – New Businesses
  16. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman Book Trailer by Alec G.
  17. The Great Book Stories project (examples of student-created VoiceThread-based book reports)
  18. Roman Weapons In Plain English
  19. Fuel for Educational Change Agents (my secondary podcast channel)
  20. Contact Wesley Fryer
  21. Wesley Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer

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