Update January 23, 2024: I'm teaching a six week course on "Teaching the Conspiracies" for the MediaEd Institute in January / February / March 2024. I'm also excited to share that I'm officially "affiliated faculty" with the Media Education Lab.
I have started migrating my media literacy lessons to lessons.wesfryer.com.
My 2019-22 Media and Digital Literacy curriculum / lessons / resources for 5th and 6th Graders at Casady School in Oklahoma City (where I served as the "Technology Integration and Innovation Specialist") are available on mdtech.casady.org. I was the Director of Technology at Casady for 4 years from 2015-2019. More info about me is available on my bio.
Conspiracy theories are popular on social media and influence our local as well as national conversations and politics. How we can constructively teach about conspiracy theories and help students develop their media literacy skills to better evaluate information and sources in our digital world? This session will highlight the "Froot Loop Conspiracy Theories" media literacy unit, taught to 6th graders since fall 2020 at Casady School in Oklahoma City. By focusing on the Apollo Moon landings, students learn how to use and apply the "SIFT" web literacy framework (S = Stop, I = Investigate the source, F = Find trusted coverage, T = Trace to the original) analyzing together several online videos. While this unit is designed for middle school students, it an be adapted for other grades / ages / developmental levels. Access the full unit on lessons.wesfryer.com/lessons/conspiracy-theories.