Snelling, J. (2019). In a Meme Culture, How to spark critical thinking about images. School Library Journal. Retrieved from https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=In-a-Meme-Culture-How-To-Spark-Critical-Thinking-About-Images
This article explains visual literacy, now incorporated into the language arts, which involves the ability to observe an image and make meaning of it. Given that there are millions of YouTube videos and social media posts uploaded each day, students need to be aware of how to differentiate the real from the fake. Many still trust that “seeing is believing” and forward memes and photos without a thought of who created them. The article shares strategies for helping students determine if an image is real or Photoshopped, such as slowing down and applying reason and critical thinking, tracing the source of an image, and creating their own “fake” images to understand how easy it is to doctor them.
I liked this article and thought it shared practical advice for how we as educators can help our students become more media-savvy.