Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) is a teacher, author, speaker, and the Director of Technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City. He is the co-host of the weekly “EdTech Situation Room” webshow and podcast (@edtechSR) and co-leads an afterschool STEAM club for elementary students with Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes). In 2013-2015 he taught STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to 4th and 5th grade students at Independence Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma. (stem.wesfryer.com) He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, create media projects and develop STEM coding skills. (www.wesfryer.com/books) Wes leads 3 day iPad Media Camps (www.ipadmediacamp.com) teaching educators how to effectively use iPads in the classroom to create narrated slideshows, quick edit videos, interactive writing, and other kinds of media projects. (www.ipadmediacamp.com/matrix) Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma (www.edcampOK.org) as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference (@k12online) each year. Wes teaches coding and virtual design/collaboration workshops for teachers and students through The Div Jr (@thedivorg) using MinecraftEDU and Scratch software. He’s the father of 3 wonderful kids and is married to Shelly Fryer (@sfryer). His current writing projects include “Inside and Outside Sharing” with Shelly (insideoutside.digitalsharing.org) and “Digital Witness for Jesus Christ” (www.dw4jc.com). His Christian blog is “Eyes Right” (eyesright.speedofcreativity.org – @eyesrightblog). His professional blog and podcast is “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) and focuses on technology integration in the classroom.
Dr. Wesley Fryer is a teacher, technology director, digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” He is the Director of Technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate and assess learning.His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. He is an organizer for Oklahoma EdCamp and the PLAYDATE OKC professional development conferences. He has taught technology integration courses for in-service and pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor for the University of Montana, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of North Texas, and Wayland Baptist University. Wesley has served as an organizer for the annual K-12 Online Conference since it began in 2006. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide. He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps, STEM camps for teachers and students, and digital oral history workshops with Storychasers. Wesley is a passionate advocate for digital oral history and works to empower people to archive the stories of their families and community.
Wesley was selected as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator in April 2014. He become a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, is a 1992 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, and a Fulbright Scholar. He has served on the education committee of the Oklahoma Creativity Project. His educational background includes service as an elementary STEM teacher, 4th grade classroom teacher, campus technology integration specialist, college director of distance learning, state director for education advocacy for AT&T, and director of technology for a state historical association.
Wes lives in Oklahoma City where he works with school teachers, librarians, and administrators interested in effectively integrating technology into classroom instruction with a focus on student-created multimedia and digital portfolios.
More information (including a booking inquiry form) for Wesley’s keynote, breakout session, workshop offerings, and videoconferences are available on his “Speaking” page. Recent and upcoming presentation handouts / resources are available on wiki.wesfryer.com.
Stay up to date with Wes by following him on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook, Google+, and liking the Facebook pages he periodically updates for Playing with Media and Speed of Creativity Learning LLC. Wes also encourages you to follow the K-12 Online Conference on Twitter (@k12online) and Facebook, as well as subscribe to the conference blog.