December 2, 2023

Podcast463: Reflections on The Florida Project Movie

Author: Wesley Fryer
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Welcome to Episode 463 of the Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcast, a show by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) focusing on digital creativity, media literacy, digital literacy, digital citizenship, instructional technology integration and engaged learning both inside and outside the classroom. This episode features an interview with Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) about the 2017 movie, “The Florida Project” (@floridaproject). The IMDB description of the movie is, “Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.” The Florida Project raises a host of important issues facing every community, including poverty, homelessness, social services, education and schools, non-profit and church outreach programs, and more. As a lifelong educator with extensive experiences working with families in poverty through church ministry, as well as educational and social services for homeless children and families in Oklahoma City, Shelly Fryer has unique and important perspectives on the issues and needs highlighted in “The Florida Project.” Check out the podcast shownotes for links to referenced books, resources, organizations and websites mentioned in the show. Please reach out to Shelly or Wes with feedback and additional resources or ideas this movie or this podcast interview encourages you to share.


  1. Subscribe to Moving at the Speed of Creativity Podcasts
  2. Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) – Blog and Classroom website
  3. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – Blog
  4. The Florida Project Official website (@floridaproject)
  5. The Florida Project on IMDB
  6. Podcasting and the Slow Democracy Movement (@lessig)
  7. Building Relationships with Students (Shelly Fryer, March 2017)
  8. Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City (@ptokc)
  9. Project 66 Food and Resource Center in Edmond, Oklahoma (@p66ok)
  10. [VIDEO] Rolling Green Outreach Ministry (3 min, 30 sec)
  11. First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Oklahoma (@fpcedmond)
  12. The Curbside Chronicle in Oklahoma City (@CurbsideOKC)
  13. Eric Jensen’s Books – “Poor Students, Richer Teaching,” “Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It” and more (@ericjensenbrain)
  14. Rep. Katie Porter on how capitalism is failing by Ezra Klein (@ezraklein)
  15. Oklahoma Education Needs / Donations on Facebook (Closed Group)
  16. This podcast was recorded on an iPad using Ferrite Recording Studio and normalized / post-produced with Auphonic (@auphonic) and Audacity

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