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Wesley Fryer
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husband, dad, teacher, technology director, author, speaker, #create2learn PD workshop leader & essentialist. DE '05 - GCT '09. Here for the learning revolution.
husband, dad, teacher, technology director, author, speaker, #create2learn PD workshop leader & essentialist. DE '05 - GCT '09. Here for the learning revolution.

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I am very thankful we are reading Susan Bearden’s short book on Digital Citizenship this summer. The topics and issues which fit under the “umbrella” of digital citizenship have a direct impact on our daily lives, as we seem to be using screens more and more to communicate and just live our lives.

Here are a few of the questions I jotted down in Susan’s book in the margins and cover as I read chapters 1-3. I’d love to hear your thoughts and perspectives on these topics.

How can we amplify the positive uses of screen technologies so those are not drowned out by the negative uses we hear about so much in the media?

Learning digital citizenship requires practice and DOING, not just talking. In some contexts we have a tendency to ban devices from student use rather than teach appropriate use. When are we (or can we) give our students real choices at school with technology tools and platforms so they can be empowered to make good choices independently?

To what extent do Casady teachers and administrators need to be connected educators themselves, to “guide students in being media literate citizens?”

Besides this “Casady Learns” Google+ Community, where else can we PRACTICE good digital citizenship together - as teachers and with our students?

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Here is a recommended reading schedule for our summer books, which includes the book chapters we'll be reflecting on each week. Remember you do NOT have to read on this schedule or participate in our discussions here, but your participation is encouraged! We'll support you and be kind to you if and when you share!

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Welcome to our "Casady Learns" Google+ Community, which we are going to use in Summer 2018 for optional discussions around the ideas of "At What Cost?" and "Digital Citizenship." Here are a few things to know and keep in mind:

1- Posting and sharing here is encouraged for our faculty and staff but OPTIONAL.

2- We want to support each other as we share our ideas, take risks to share our opinions, and engage in professional dialog together.

3- While the audience and membership of this "Casady Learns" community is primarily our own faculty and staff, we have setup the sharing permissions so other people can view our conversations here and even participate. We may invite others (including the authors of these books) to engage with us and participate in our discussions.

4- These online discussion opportunities are designed as a SUPPLEMENT, not a replacement, to face-to-face discussions we plan to engage in together when we return to school in August.

When you read a post here in our "Casady Learns" Google+ Community, you can "like" it by clicking the "+1" icon below the post, and you can also (or alternatively) write a comment below the post.

By engaging in conversations here about the ideas of these important books, we hope to experience some of the "nervous beginner" feelings Thomas Taylor highlights in his article "Why Teachers Need to Become Students," which we read on Monday with Meredith Ford. We also hope to practice some of the digital citizenship behaviors and recommended practices which Susan Bearden discusses in her book too. To use a "swim party" as a metaphor, we're inviting everyone to come to the party. You don't have to swim, but we're encouraging you to to swim and doing everything we can to make everyone's experiences safe, positive and supportive.

Thanks for joining us in this learning journey!

If you'd like to revisit the Thomas Taylor article, here is the link:
https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-school/summer-2017/i-d-rather-learn/

Cheers for a summer of learning together!
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Great Honors Physics Projects by students of Mr. Zamarripa!

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Great Honors Physics Projects by students of Mr. Zamarripa!
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I'm looking forward to working with Cherylynn O'Melia and her 7th grade English students tomorrow on an eBook option for their Storybook Project. These are the instructions I'll be sharing with them tomorrow. During MD advisory time I'll be teaching them how to use the "Book Creator" website to add text, images, and narrated audio to create a multimedia eBook. These instructions will accompany the project rubric which addresses the required elements and evaluation criteria.
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I recorded a podcast interview with +Eric Ebert today, discussing how he's using GitHub as well as audio podcasts with his high school computer science students. He provided a good overview of available computer science courses now at Casady, and also recommended the book, "Teaching with Your Mouth Shut" by Donald L. Finkel:
https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Your-Mouth-Donald-Finkel/dp/0867094699

Our recorded conversation was 17 minutes long, and is published with Anchor. Anchor now provides free audio podcast hosting, and their free app is available on iOS as well as Android. We recorded this using the free iOS app "Ferrite Recording Studio," and I uploaded it to Anchor from the Chrome browser on a desktop computer.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ferrite-recording-studio/id1018780185?mt=8

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I shared some tweets for the book reviews David Mochel shared today during our PD session, as well as other ideas and takeaways. I collected these tonight in this "Twitter Moment."

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Yesterday I spent an hour a half at Arthur Elementary in Oklahoma City, which was hosting an open house event for the community. Teachers and students at Arthur are in their 3rd year of an Apple "ConnectedED" grant, which provides an iPad for each student as well as teacher. I wrote a blog post this afternoon about some of my observations and takeaways from this event:
http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2018/02/16/inspired-by-innovative-okcps-teachers-and-students-at-arthur-elementary-school/

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This 2.5 minute tutorial video from Google explains how to share documents (including Google Slides and Sheets) with others.
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