My Voice is Louder Than Hate: Classroom Testing

MediaSmarts is looking for teachers in secondary classrooms (Grades 9 to 12) to help with the testing and evaluation of a new classroom resource - My Voice is Louder Than Hate.  

We are currently seeking feedback from teachers and students in Grades 9 through 12 as we develop a multimedia platform and accompanying teacher resources and lesson plans. We are looking to work with classes who can test, review and provide feedback on this online toolkit before it’s made publicly available.  

My Voice is Louder Than Hate is a new classroom resource that will empower youth to push back when they encounter hate online.  

Our research project Young Canadians Pushing Back Against Hate Online found that while youth feel it is important to speak up when they encounter hate online, many are reluctant to do so because they don’t know how to respond, they don’t know if the situation is genuinely an example of prejudice, they fear they will make the situation worse, or they worry they will upset or anger their friends.   

How the classroom testing works: 

  • Teachers will be required to review all background materials, the Teacher Guide and the Teacher Training Workshop for one of the two lessons we have developed.  
      
  • Teachers will then provide their students with the website and login information to the My Voice is Louder Than Hate website and facilitate the lesson (students may work alone, in pairs, or in groups).  
      
  • After testing the lesson and resources, both teachers and students will complete a brief evaluation using the links we provide. All feedback provided is completely anonymous. 
      
  • We estimate the time commitment to conduct either of the lessons in the classroom to be no more than two hours. 
      
  • Testing is ideally completed by the end of November 2021. 

Please contact Samantha McAleese at smcaleese@mediasmarts.ca for more information and to sign up for classroom testing.  

Educational benefits: 

The My Voice is Louder Than Hate lessons are part of the USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools. More information here.  

Student learning outcomes include: 

  • exploring the issue of online hate; 
  • understanding the interactions through digital media can both do real harm and genuinely help others; 
  • understanding how digital tools can influence how we communicate with others; 
  • understanding that digital tools allow them to be full citizens online; 
  • understanding how social norms are created in online communities and learn how to take an active role in shaping them; 
  • learning about the elements of a Digital Story and what constitutes a good example of this form; 
  • learning how to organize their photos and videos into a coherent sequence; 
  • analyzing the media form of memes and what makes a good example of the form; and 
  • creating a media product.