Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend

Wesley Fryer on episode 572

Deep fake videos are now possible. In this disturbing trend, convincing videos, audio, and photos are viewed and shared by those who somehow think you can trust what you see and hear. Wesley Fryer takes us deep into the world of deep fakes in this resource-full lesson in a trend that is dangerous and threatening, particularly for a gullible population. This is a special extended episode of the 10 minute teacher and includes resources in the show notes.

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Today, I challenge you to use these resources and discuss with your students the challenges of the deep fake on our society – particularly with the upcoming elections in the United States.

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Here are the resources mentioned in this episode.

Bill Posters -“Deep Fake”  Spectre Project

Let’s be super clear here – deep fake means that these videos are FAKE. They are not real. I am sharing them because we are discussing the ability of people to create FAKE videos, not to perpetuate their truth. There is always the risk when sharing videos that people will not read and will reshare them as truth. But we must discuss and help people understand what deep fake is and to be careful about what they believe.

Confirmation Bias

Chinese Deepfake App Zao goes Viral – from Guardian

Script Kiddies – US Cybersecurity magazine

Deepfakes and Cheap fakes

SIFT: The Four Moves

Facebook won’t ban Infowars

(Note to reader: I will not link to Infowars from my site. Please know that this site says Sandy Hook was staged with actors and 9/11 was a hoax and is not a site I would like to link to. However, Facebook’s refusal to take them off Facebook has caused conversations about just how series Facebook is — or not — about the removal of debunked news from their site.)

NPR Pizzagate Resources

Readers Beware: AI has learned to create News Stories – Wall Street Journal

Edtech Situation Room – Wes Fryer’s weekly news report

Other Digital Citizenship Resources

Wesley Fryer- Bio As Submitted

Dr. Wesley Fryer is a teacher, technology director, digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” He is the Director of Technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma.

Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate and assess learning.

His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. He is an organizer for Oklahoma EdCamp and the PLAYDATE OKC professional development conferences. He has taught technology integration courses for in-service and pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor for the University of Montana, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of North Texas, and Wayland Baptist University.

Wesley has served as an organizer for the annual K-12 Online Conference since it began in 2006. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide.

He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps, STEM camps for teachers and students, and digital oral history workshops with Storychasers. Wesley is a passionate advocate for digital oral history and works to empower people to archive the stories of their families and community.

Blog: https://www.wesfryer.com/

Twitter: @wfryer

Show What You Know With Media (PBL Resource by Wes): http://showwithmedia.com/

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