The first day back to school after all our flood days I’m considering showing this photo to the class with the following information; “This photo was taken from a website containing shared images from the flood. What title or caption would you give this picture?”
I’m expecting some students will allude to reports that crocodiles escaped from various farms during the flood. I’m hoping some pursue a creative route concerning the flood in general, possibly something like “The flood is knocking on your door.”
Then I’ll ask the class if they think the photo is real. Eventually I’ll direct them to the website containing many flood images. On the website under the image I choose is the caption; “It’s not a joke, it’s real. A big crocodile escaped from the farm is knocking the door in the flood. Scaryyy!!” Then I’ll ask them again if they think the photo is real. Possibly more will think it is authentic because they see it on a website with a caption underneath. However, maybe some students will notice that this is one of the few photos that does not credit the photographer. I am thinking this could lead to a discussion on how they received information about the flood, and how they could be confident it was accurate. I heard conflicting reports of how many crocs escaped, where they escaped from, and whether people were bitten by crocodiles or not.
Finally, obviously this topic takes us to the common question of how to validate anything we learn online. There were even reports of 15 venomous Green Mambas escaping form someone’s house during the flood. Supposedly this information was discovered on Facebook. The Thai government went to the trouble and expense of having serum imported to the country even though the escape report had not been confirmed.
There are many other interesting images on the website, and I think students might have their own to share. I think this could be an interesting way to start classes when we finally return!