Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2011
Wes Fryer's book is a journey that won't be completed with just one reading. Teachers will find themselves going back again and again to the resources and guidance that Wes has packed this book with. It has taken me months to get through the enhanced ebook version because of all the side-journeys that are included, demonstrating the power of digital text. Many bookmarks have been collected for me to return to and I have highlighted the heck out of this thing. You will get more than your moneys worth!
True throughout the book is Wes' belief and practice in the "ethics of minimal clicks." Wes makes the case that "the value of making a given technical process possible with the least number of steps as possible" is essential for teachers with an already full plate. He simplifies what could be seen as overwhelming obstacles for teachers to integrate media literacy and technology into their classrooms. This book would be an excellent resource for any Professional Learning or staff development, as well as an essential textbook in teacher training programs.
Wes Fryer serves as the very best type of guide for teachers integrating technology by showing real examples of successes rather than discussing the tools and reasoning in theory. Whether you get the paper or electronic version, Wes has created an accompanying website ([...]) with resources for the reader to keep growing with long after reading the book as well as providing a space for the book to evolve (as technologies change or are updated). He invites the reader to contribute to the book by adding their own media project links at the website as well as join together in conversation by using the Twitter hashtag #playingwithmedia.
Playing with Media is a true gem, easily incorporated into any curriculum by users at any level of proficiency.