Is Seeing Believing‘Is Seeing Believing?’ is the title of a new lesson shared by Common Sense Media:

The web is full of photos, and even videos, that are digitally altered. And it’s often hard to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake. Help your students ask critical questions about why someone might alter a photo or video in the first place.

  • Recognize that photos and videos can be altered digitally.
  • Identify different reasons why someone might alter a photo or video.
  • Analyze altered photos and videos to try to determine why.” (Common Sense Media)

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Real or Fake Photo Game

The following game could be played on a whiteboard, with the whole class. It shows how correct some pictures look, even after they have been ‘Photoshopped’ and also how one picture that is right, can look completely wrong.  It should open up a whole class discussion about what children are seeing when they looks through magazines, on social media etc.

Play the Real or Fake photo free online game! Can you guess whether the photo is real or faked? The game will display 15 photos, some are originals and some have been retouched, edited, or ‘Photoshopped’. For each picture click on the appropriate button to submit your answer. If the photo was faked, the game will show you the before and after versions. How many can you get correct? Compete to achieve the highest quiz accuracy. Share your high score and challenge your friends to take the quiz!” (FakePhoto,com)

is seeing believing
‘Is Seeing Believing?’ is something to keep in mind when sharing images with children.  In just normal classroom circumstances, ask them frequently: has that picture been altered?  What may have been altered?  You could even take a few photos in class and add new items into the picture, or put the whole class in front of the pyramids, as a fun activity to get them thinking about the veracity of what they see in images.