Every Click You Make: Algorithms, Social Media and You (HS lesson)

Overview and Purpose

Adapted from work by Jennifer LaGarde (@librarygirl) and Cassie White (teacher-librarian at TMMS in Olympia), the following presentation was used with high school students at a Media Literacy Symposium, at Avanti High School, Olympia, April 2023. Students learn what an algorithm is, how content that generates negative feelings tends to spread faster and further, and explore options and insights into their own social media algorithms on their phones.

This lesson and accompanying discussion can be completed in 45-60 minutes.