Announcing The Digital Magic Tricks Workshop
Feb 12th, 2010 by Wesley Fryer

Digital Magic Tricks is a two day(+) learning experience based on the Powerful Ingredients for Blended Learning Framework by Wesley Fryer and Karen Montgomery. To schedule a workshop or obtain more information, please contact Karen.


To become digital learning leaders, educators need opportunities to be STUDENTS in digitally blended classrooms. Our two(+) part “Digital Magic Tricks” workshop series provides that opportunity.

To meet ISTE NETS, learners in your school must:

  • Communicate with media
  • Collaborate with others
  • Share their work
  • Design active lessons


Big digital concepts participants will experience:

  1. Working in the cloud
  2. Safely publishing online
  3. Organizing with tags
  4. Talking with pictures
  5. Power of voice
  6. Interactive, moderated discussions
  7. Building a personal learning network

Participants will experience “quick victories for blended learning” using:

  1. Social bookmarks
  2. Copyright friendly images
  3. Digital storytelling
  4. Collaborative document writing
  5. Online polls
  6. Screencasting
  7. Phonecasting
  8. Geo-mapping text and media
  9. Synchronous conferencing

Educators should attend who:

  • Are learning leaders
  • Are willing to take instructional risks
  • Like digital magic!
  • Are willing to be a “digital bridge”


Select six learning leaders from your school district (ideally two elementary, two middle, and two high school teachers or librarians) to attend a TWO DAY, face-to-face workshop focusing on QUICK VICTORIES for blended learning.* Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on, digital learning activities and see actual examples of classroom lessons using these digital magic tricks.

The afternoon of day 2, at least two district administrators (principal, superintendent, IT Director/CIO, Curriculum director, school board member) will attend to engage in a conversation about blended learning and digital access at school. This will highlight the importance of engaging, collaborating, learning, and sharing in digital environments for students and teachers. It will empower district leaders to develop local “social media guidelines” in conjunction with parents, teachers, students, and the community following the face-to-face workshop.

In the two months which follow the workshop, participants will use at least one “powerful ingredient” with students. They will share these experiences on the Powerful Ingredients Learning Community.

A follow-up videoconference with participants will be scheduled approximately two months following completion of the face-to-face workshop, at the same location. In addition to original participants, at least two administrators from participating districts are required to attend. In the interactive videoconference, participants will share their experiences and learning take-aways using powerful ingredients for blended learning with students. An agenda for presenters will be coordinated in advance.


To schedule a workshop or obtain more information, please contact Karen.

* The term “quick victories” in the context of educational technology workshops was coined by Marco Torres. (As far as we know!)

Content licensed Creative Commons License by Wesley Fryer and Karen Montgomery. CC licensed photos on this post by Marco Torres. (onetwo and three) CC licensed phone image from

This information is also available on our PI4BL wiki.

METC 2010 PreCon Workshop
Feb 8th, 2010 by Karen Montgomery

The curriculum for our 3 hour METC PreCon Workshop, “Powerful Ingredients for Blended Learning,” has been updated for today’s workshop!

METC 2008
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PI for Tandberg Connections Program
Jul 7th, 2009 by Wesley Fryer

I’m sharing a 60 minute videoconference over a H.323 connection tomorrow with several schools on “Powerful Ingredients for Blended Learning.” I am providing this videoconference free as part of the Tandberg Connections program. This will be an overview of the ten ingredients we are identifying and exploring in our book. I’ve shared my slides for the presentation on Slideshare. More links are available on my wiki page for Powerful Ingredients.

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Welcome to Powerful Ingredients
May 28th, 2009 by Wesley Fryer

Welcome to the “Powerful Ingredients for Blended Learning” blog! Karen Montgomery and I have been collaborating for many months on this writing project, and are enthused to be finally getting this book writing effort underway this spring and summer. Our goal is to have a draft of the book finished by August. As we write chapters, we are publishing them to the Powerful Ingredients wiki site. We’re using a Google Site for this, since Google Sites allow users to easily embed Google Documents (which we’re using to collaboratively write this book) into individual webpages. As soon as we make an update to a chapter on Google documents, the published version on the wiki includes the change(s). This is “publish at will” collaborative writing!

Atlas, it's time for your bath
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The result of this is, if you’ve found your way to this website, you can preview our book and provide us with feedback as it develops. We’re not positive, but we may keep this electronic version of the book available and free even when we have the book for sale both as a printed text and an ebook. It’s hard to know what are the right choices in our digital publishing landscape! Seth Harwood’s recent post on Open Culture, “How I Sold My Book by Giving It Away,” speaks to the value of giving away content to gain an audience as well as attention. We’re not positive we’re on the right track, but we know we’ve got some good ideas to share so we’ll just see how this goes.

Thanks for stopping by. While you’re here, please consider joining our Powerful Ingredients Learning community, which we’re creating on Ning. This will be one way readers of the book can extend and blend learning experiences to the web on an ongoing basis.

Visit Powerful Ingredients

This is going to be an exciting journey for us all! Welcome aboard!

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