HAWTHORNE, NJ - Local author Bruce Reicher released his new book on August 11, 2020, entitled Scripted, along with his co-authors, Paula Neidlinger and Randall Tomes. Twitter connected Reicher with his these two Indiana-based educators to create a truly unique book which filled a gap in today's largely technology based world. Scripted demonstrates how anyone can create media and technology.
After only being able to locate extremely outdated digital media models, Reicher, Neidlinger and Tomes identified the need to provide a modernized instructional book for educators on creating media. Reicher describes how Scripted is unique in the fact that it is written from the point of view of educators. "I'm really proud that it's a collection of projects and stories," Reicher said, "and we were able to provide first-hand experiences to fellow educators."
Reicher has been an educator for 25 years and currently works as a teacher in Upper Saddle River. Having lived in Hawthorne for 20 years, and with two of his own children attending the Hawthorne School District, Reicher became a member of the Hawthorne Board of Education eight years ago. After networking with his co-authors on the need for the creation of this book, they decided to combine their teaching experiences to write Scripted together.
Scripted was written from one educator to another, with their main intended audience being fellow teachers. Although the release date was after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the book was finished pre-pandemic. Ironically enough, this style book fits perfectly into the new normal of the remote learning of today.
"Parents are a child's first educators," Reicher said, and while Scripted was created for school aged teachers, the new school year has shifted the definition of what 'educator' means today. Governor Phil Murphy left the decision of the type of learning that would be implemented this school year up to each individual school district. All in-person learning, hybrid learning, or full virtual learning are just some of the reopening models that districts have moved forward with.
Thanks to its recipe-style format, teachers, parents and caregivers are able to thumb through Scripted and find lesson plans with directions on different media creation topics. It's complete with rubrics to help assess the students' work. Reicher explains how this book will be invaluable to parents who have decided to opt in to a more at-home, virtual learning school environment for their children. "There is so much crossover into remote learning, and Scripted really fits in perfectly."
Teachers and parents are able to keep costs as affordable as they would like by utilizing the devices they already have at their fingertips, such as their smart phones and chromebooks. Thanks to Scripted, educators are able to teach their students how to create their own multimedia, podcasts, radio and television broadcasting.
Reicher is confident that through their website www.scriptededucators.com, users of this book will be able to stay up-to-date with today's ever changing technological advances. After partnering with Wakelet, WeVideo, and Backbone Radio, the website will constantly stay on trend by offering free updated tools daily. There are also resources provided on the site for distance learning specifically.
Given today's new normal, Reicher hopes that individual educators and school districts will grab a hold of this one of a kind instructional guide to creating media in the classroom, whether the classroom is within the confines of a school or a child's bedroom.
To order a copy of Scripted, you can visit Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or EduMatch Publishing. Bulk orders of Scripted can be placed by emailing Sarah Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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