Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Tweeting Our Learning in USD 383 – Manhattan, Kansas

Monday I had a humbling opportunity to share a keynote address with teachers in the school district where I graduated from high school: USD 383 in Manhattan, Kansas. Felix Jacomino (@felixjacomino) shared a fantastic closing keynote at the end of the day, capped off by an amazing original remix of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from the movie “Frozen.” Felix wrote and performed on the piano, accompanied by a synchronized video of a contributing singer, “Do You Want to Be Connected?” Synchronized song lyrics were also shown live.  I captured Felix’s performance from my front row auditorium seat, but unfortunately missed the first line:

Felix’s musical and digital creativity is absolutely over the top. Kevin Honeycutt is the only other educational technology conference presenter I’ve seen to date who combines such musical talent with a passion for digital literacy and empowering teachers to be connected learners. This was the first opportunity Felix and I have had to “tag team” opening and closing keynotes at a conference on behalf of “Best Keynote,” an educational technology speaker’s bureau organized by Kevin and connected to his “speaker boot camp” program, Launch Me. Felix is the organizer of the amazing mobile learning event and conference “Miami Device,” which will take place for the second time in November 2015. If you’re looking to bring a duo of conference keynote speakers to your next event, please consider inviting Felix and I! It was super-fun to collaborate with him and learn together, and I think many of the teachers in Manhattan enjoyed the day’s learning sessions too. This was my favorite tweet of the day:

This was a close second.

In addition to my opening keynote, “Show What You Know with Media,” I also shared breakout sessions on Book Creator & Multimedia eBooksVisual Notetaking, and Engaging STEM Lesson Ideas. A full list of my updated conference breakout sessions is available on my website.

Show What You Know With Media (Feb 2015 from Wesley Fryer
Update 2/20/2015: An audio recording of my keynote is available as a YouTube video.

I’ll be returning to Manhattan later this summer, August 3-5, 2015, to lead a three day “iPad Media Camp” for area educators. Registration for this workshop is just $320 and is now available online via Kansas State University’s global campus website.

Tonight I created a Storify of over 200 tweets shared on Monday during the “Little Apple Tech Fest.” What a great archive of “take-aways” from this day of professional development in Kansas! Many thanks to Dr. Carol Adams, Lucas Loughmiller (@KSLibraryGuy), Angie Messer (@a_MesserMHS), Mike Ribble (@digcitizen), and all the other members of the USD 383 Tech Fest planning team as well as volunteer team who made this day of digital learning a HUGE success!



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