As part of grade 4’s exploration of how they can make things to communicate their ideas to others, students began experimenting with digital photo editing to create color splashes.

After spending our first day looking at what color splashes were by discussing a few examples of them, and each student making one from the same image, it was time to let the kids see what they could do on their own.

A pile of images, affectionately known as “raw materials”, was shared with the students to let them decide as artists what they wanted to guide their audience’s eyes to using Pixlr. But they couldn’t start until after we talked about what we were about to do to someone’s pictures. We were about to change these images into a new image that the person taking the picture may not have imagined when they working to take it. We were going to alter the work of someone else.

This led to a discussion as to whether we could do this to somebody’s work.

We asked if we would want somebody changing our work, especially someone that we didn’t even know – much like we were doing with the raw materials. The conclusion the class came to was that someone could change our work, but it was more about should they change that work. “Only if they asked me and I gave them permission to change it,” summarized one student.

“And that exactly it,” I told them. “If you have permission to do it, then you can. All of these pictures were shared by the photographer in a way where they’ve given us permission to modify them.”

And with that, the seeds of Creative Commons were sown in the minds of these young digital citizens!

So after students began to finish with their first image, it came time for me to ask, “Can I share your color splash?” It was an important return to this permission idea, albeit on a very small scale, before I began adding the pictures to the carousel of background images the decorated the desktops of the Studio(i) computers.


Some social media associated with this #MakerEd moment…



Your turn. Any thoughts to share?