Original vs. Modified Artwork: Three Guidelines

While creating our own art is most often preferred, sometimes the better choice is to modify someone else’s art.

Proceed along three guidelines:

#1.  Begin with Creative Commons image search, but don’t assume that just because the image showed up on a Creative Commons search that it’s really free to use. We all know how easy it is to upload or share pictures online. That movie poster for the blockbuster that came out a week ago? Not likely Creative Commons already.

#2.  Taking someone else’s work and cropping it or removing part of the background is an insufficient modification.

Here is an original image. Copyright owner indicated in caption:

Japanese plane shot down as it attempted to attack USS KITKUN BAY. Near Mariana Islands, 06/1944 (National Archives identifier 520650)
Japanese plane shot down as it attempted to attack USS KITKUN BAY. Near Mariana Islands, 06/1944 (National Archives identifier 520650)

Here is another version of the same image. Cropping is NOT modification:

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This is modification:

Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945, by Multi-Man Publishing, cover design by Nicolás Eskubi, based on an original image (National Archives identifier 520650)
Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945, by Multi-Man Publishing, cover design by Nicolás Eskubi, based on an original image (National Archives identifier 520650)

Can you count at least three modifications made to the original image?

#3.  In any case, make sure you give credit to the original artist or owner of the creative work.

Hwo’s Yur tYpg Sped? (How’s your typing speed?)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Sony Pictures
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Sony Pictures


Here are a few free online tutors to increase your typing speed and accuracy, whether you use the Columbus  (Find the Keys and land on them)(HA!) or QWERTY Touch Type method.

Click on the images to visit the sites.

 

Typist
Typist

This is my favorite. Instead of typing disjointed words, typing reveals a story. Interesting stories at that. Then there are the tying drill and a Dance Dance Revolution-type challenge, backed by a sweet electronic groove.

Speed Typing Online
Speed Typing Online

Speed Typing Online includes a diagnostic test and games, The typing lessons teach home row by indicating the proper finger/key combination, with the keyboard on screen.

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Keybr.com

Keybr.com is a good one,  because you actually type words/prefixes/suffixes, rather than home row letters to help you become a “typing ninja.”

Free Typing Game
Free Typing Game

Free Typing Game has a fun selection of old school arcade games, such as this version of Asteroids, where you type the letters to defend your spaceship.

Typing.com
Typing.com

Typing.com has similar games, but with nicer graphics, which consequently took longer to load.

Did I miss your favorite? Feel free to recommend other free typing tools in the comments.

The ‘Bots Are Back

Grade 4 students began a coding and robotics investigation this week. Thanks to Mr. Adams’ class for constructing 26 MakeBlock robots for themselves and the rest of the Grade 4 classes.

G4 'Bot builder

Over the course of five weeks, students will learn block coding on their MacBooks to program their robots through a series of fun and engaging challenges, making them sing, move, and then dance.

Mblock smile

Grades 5 through 7 will build on previous coding and robotics explorations in the coming months.

Thank you to the Annual Fund for providing the robots and DaVinci Labs support.

R U A Responsible User of Technology?

Technology – hardware. software, and cloud-based – is governed at Canadian International School of Hong Kong by the Responsible User Agreement. As members of a digital community, CDNIS employees and students sign their names in commitment to abiding by these guidelines. This past week, Upper School and Grade 6 students took a closer examination of just what they were signing.

The RUA doesn’t dictate the best response for every situation. In the rapidly changing digital world, how could it? Instead it articulates foundational matters: Respect, Reputation, Rights, Responsibilities, Guidance, and Repercussions. Also embedded in this document are principles to guide gaming and social media use. Students and teachers must extrapolate from the RUA to apply it to everyday technology use.

Upper School teachers Ms. Nielsen, Ms. Young, and I collaborated on scenarios where the RUA provides guidance. What follows is the activity the Grade 6 students undertook during this week’s Digi-Time.