Dr. Wesley Fryer is a classroom STEM teacher, 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 teaches 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of three books, “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Vol I.” (2013), “Hopscotch Challenges: Learn to Code on an iPad” (2013) and “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” (2011). He is an organizer for EdCampOKC, EdCampTulsa, and the PLAYDATE OKC professional development conferences. He teaches technology integration courses for in-service teachers as an adjunct instructor for the University of Montana, and has taught pre-service teachers at 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 and facilitates multi-day Scratch Camps for students helping them learn how to create games, make animations, and tell stories with free Scratch software from MIT. 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 to serve as one of the top 15 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators 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 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.