Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) presents keynote addresses on a variety of topics for different educational conferences and professional development events. Wesley customizes presentations for the needs of different audiences.
These are two of Wesley’s keynote titles and descriptions, revised in January 2017:
Cyborgs, AI and Education in 2017
We are living in the age of cyborgs, when technological assistants not only boost our cognitive capacities but are also changing the way we think. What do these changes mean for education in 2017? This session explores how artificial intelligence (AI) accessed via our smartphones, laptops, and voice-activated assistants (Alexa, Google Home, Siri, Cortana) is reshaping communication, politics, civil discourse, and our workforce. How should classroom teachers and school administrators adapt and adjust to create classroom learning opportunities which are more engaging, relevant, and future-saavy?
The Big Shift: Using Technology Tools to Create, Make and Share
The best way for students and teachers to use technology tools and platforms in the classroom is to create, make and share. Making the transition from predominant “media consumer” to frequent “media creator” should be part of the strategic plan of every learning institution. Each learner should regularly contribute to a digital portfolio comprised of both a private “file cabinet” (including all artifacts of learning) as well as a public “showcase” which highlights specific exemplars of work which meet specific academic standards or highlight personal achievement and growth. This keynote highlights the “why” of digital portfolio-based assessment as well as multiple examples of student digital work. The Show with Media framework (www.ShowWithMedia.com) provide classroom teachers with specific guidelines and recommendations for facilitating student-created media projects in the classroom to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills.
As you can see from the presentations embedded below, Wesley’s presentations focus primarily on the ways students can “show what they know and can do” with media. Wes is passionate about empowering students and teachers to share their voices and stories. His “Show What You Know with Media” digital literacy framework provides a menu of 12 media products learners can create to more effectively communicate and convey their knowledge and abilities.
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