Coinciding with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio this week, I’m elated to announce the publication of my second ebook, “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Volume I.” The eBook is available for immediate download worldwide in both ePUB and Kindle (.mobi) formats for $4.99. The book description is:
Mapping Media to the Common Core is an ebook series and website created by Dr. Wesley Fryer to serve as a menu, handbook, and map for teacher-leaders and learners in the twenty-first century who seek to develop digital literacies as multimedia communicators. Mapping Media to the Common Core (Volume I) explores the first six products in the framework: Interactive Writing, Narrated Art, Radio Shows, 5 Photo Stories, Visual Notetaking, and Narrated Slideshows / Screencasts. Videos in each chapter (hosted on YouTube) are directly linked for compatible eReaders and also linked via QR codes, so readers can optionally use a smartphone to view them. On the accompanying website and in the eBook, readers will find definitions, suggested workflows, suggested tools, student examples, and (soon) digital badge options related to each tool in the framework. Like a menu at a restaurant, the website and framework are designed to offer a broad view of available options teachers and students can utilize to communicate ideas and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and skills. The Mapping Media framework is aligned to the ISTE NETS for Students as well as the Common Core State Standards. Educators focused on digital literacy and interested in students building digital portfolios will find Mapping Media a gold mine of practical ideas, whether or not a school has adopted Common Core State Standards.
I have been working the past year on this book project. Last semester I taught a seven-part course via videoconference and online for 36 Montana teachers on Mapping Media to the Common Core, and we used draft versions of the chapter each week in our studies and media creation activities together. Later this summer I’ll publish the book on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing and also publish it on the iTunes Book Store. Tips and links to assist in transferring the eBook to different kinds of eReaders are available.
In 2011 I wrote and published “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” using Apple Pages software. For “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Vol I,” I used Scrivener software. I love Scrivener and recommend it to anyone who is writing a book, either non-fiction or fiction. It is very well designed and makes the book writing process much easier than it can be with a standard word processor.
I’d like to share a special THANK YOU to my mom, Angie Fryer, who served (again) as my editor for Mapping Media to the Common Core.
If you’re attending ISTE 2013 this week, please come visit with me Tuesday during my afternoon poster session from 1 – 3 pm on “Changing Our Vocabulary as Technology Integration Coaches.”
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