Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Podcast475: Lessons Learned Teaching During the Pandemic

Welcome to the first episode of Moving at the Speed of Creativity for 2021, now starting its 16th year as an educational podcast! This podcast episode features a conversation with Shelly and Wesley Fryer on January 3, 2021, reflecting on some of their lessons learned teaching elementary and middle school students during 2020, the first year of our COVID-19 global pandemic. Shelly is a 3rd grade classroom teacher at Casady School in Oklahoma City. During the fall semester of 2020, Wes has been teaching two sections of Introductory 5th Grade Spanish as well as his “normal” four sections of 5th and 6th Grade Media Literacy classes. At the start of our global pandemic lockdowns and time of “emergency remote learning” in March 2020, Wes was also serving as an instructional coach at our school, which is a role he’s resuming in January 2021. Link to referenced resources from this recorded conversation, as well as links you can use to connect with Shelly and Wes, in the podcast shownotes. In 2021, Wes is rebooting his newsletter as “Media Literacy with Wes” on Substack ( Please check it out and sign up! Also please reach out to us on Twitter (@wfryer and @sfryer) to let us know if you listen to the show and anything in particular you found interesting or resonated with you. Let us know if you have questions! You can also kick it old school and leave a comment below!

Show Notes:

  1. Subscribe to Moving at the Speed of Creativity Podcasts
  2. Shelly Fryer on Twitter (@sfryer)
  3. Shelly’s professional blog:
  4. Wes Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer)
  5. Wes’ professional blog:
  6. Wes’ Media Literacy and Spanish Curriculum / Lessons:
  7. Wes’ periodic newsletter: “Media Literacy with Wes”
  8. Other ways to learn with Wes:
  9. Amplify Science Curriculum
  10. Wes’ 5th Grade Introductory Spanish Lessons and Curriculum
  11. What is Comprehensible Input? An Introduction for Teachers by @SpanishMamaBlog
  12. Spanish Scratch Dialog Project Lesson Plans by Wes Fryer
  13. Step-by-Step: Swivl Live Remote Teaching with 2 iPads & Laptop
  14. Swivl for Hybrid Learning (students in class face-to-face AND remote at home)
  15. The Meeting Owl smart video conferencing camera
  16. Wes’ battery operated, portable classroom speaker setup: Zoweetek Portable Rechargeable Mini Voice Amplifier with Wired Microphone Headset
  17. Instructional Technology “Genius Bar” virtual workshops (recorded videos) at Casady School
  18. Casady School Seesaw Skills Project
  19. Our adult Sunday School class, “Curiosity and Questions: Jesus and Science”
  20. Our Class Blogs in Media Literacy Class at Casady School
  21. Family Oral History Unit (6th Grade Media Literacy)
  22. Conspiracy Theory Unit (6th Grade Media Literacy)
  23. Wes Fryer’ Media Literacy Resources
  24. MIT Scratch Conference 2021: July 22-24, 2021 (@scratch)
  25. Recorded with Ferrite Recording Studio (for iOS)
  26. Edited with Audacity
  27. Optimized with Apple Music (mp3 export, 32 kbps mono)
  28. Shared with WordPress and PodLove Podcast Publisher
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Lessons Learned Teaching During the Pandemic” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer



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