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Picture This! Digital Literacy of Images

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Dr. Robbie Barber  

Teaching students about fake news, digital literacy and understanding the data requires a deeper dive into images. Who creates the images? Who changes the images? How does changing the image change the story? Let's look at pictures and even some charts to find out what our questions should be.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to the internet for the games.
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To show teachers how to address digital literacy using images.
Objectives: (a) To identify different ways an image can be manipulated. (b) To examine
historical situations and the effect of image manipulation. (c) To identify ways to
determine the authenticity of an image. (d) To examine graphical statistical information
for emotional manipulation.
Activities: (a) Real or Fake Game, (b) Polling, (c) Meme generator (to show the effect of
images with few words)


5 min. Introductory Real or Fake image game. First play.
15 min. Exploring images in print.
5 min. Discuss vocabulary (like propaganda vs. satire)
5 min. Polling engagement – how do people rate images, what words do they attach to
an image?
5 min. Meme generator – live example. How does it change the image? Input from
audience to change it.
5 min. Ideas from presenter and audience on sharing these lessons with students.
10 min. Statistical charts – what do they say? How do they say it? What affects your
5 min. Chart game – what does it mean?
5 min. Q&A

Supporting research

Beck, T. S. (2016). Shaping Images : Scholarly Perspectives on Image Manipulation.
Berlin: De Gruyter Saur.
Shen, C., Kasra, M., Pan, W., Bassett, G. A., Malloch, Y., & O’Brien, J. F. (2019). Fake
images: The effects of source, intermediary, and digital media literacy on contextual
assessment of image credibility online. New Media & Society, 21(2), 438–463.

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Dr. Robbie Barber, Tucker High School

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