DIGITAL MEDIA LITERACY
The Flat Earth Hoax
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This lesson teaches students how to navigate the complicated world of internet hoaxes by exploring how confirmation bias, with the help of deepfake content, can lead to widespread disinformation.
- Suitable for age 15
- 60 minutes + project work
What's in this lesson?
Students will be able to:
- Identify the potential risks and consequences of deepfake technology on society, politics, and individuals.
- Develop strategies for identifying and debunking internet hoaxes in digital media consumption.
- Recognise the effects of confirmation bias in manipulated content, and understand how to fact-check and critically analyse information to avoid being misled.
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An internet hoax is a fabricated story or false information spread online with the intention of misleading or deceiving people. It often takes the form of a sensational news story or social media post that appears to be legitimate but is actually entirely or partially false.
Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out, interpret, and remember information in a way that confirms one's preexisting beliefs, while disregarding or minimising information that contradicts them.
Deepfake content are videos, audio recordings, or images created using artificial intelligence (AI) to make it appear as though someone is saying or doing something that they didn't do.
Introduction (5 min)
Define the Keywords (15 min)
Investigate the Scenario (30 min)
Project Work (duration as needed)
Key Takeaways (10 min)
Included in this Lesson
- Presentation slides available in Powerpoint (.pptx) or in the Online Player
- Lesson plan for teachers
- Printable handouts for students
- Assessment rubric for project based learning
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