Help a Copycat Become a Creative Cat
As a Technology Teacher, this particular book is near and dear to my heart. It is so exciting to see that light turn on when students finally become accomplished with the Copy and Paste editing feature. In some cases, they have no choice except to learn how to Right Click, Copy, and Right Click, Paste rather than use the Edit menu feature. This is true especially for pictures. It’s such a big skill for them that you can’t help but be excited when they actually get it! Then you have to remind them that there are limits to what they can copy and paste! And, further, they need to make sure that they give credit to the author or artist and don’t inadvertently use the copy as their own work.
The fact that Coco realizes she’s a better artist than she gave herself credit for also ties into reminding our students about their own creativity. We want our students to take ownership of their own ideas, words, and artistry. Creativity is an all important standard for 21st Century skill development. So this is a perfect tie in to letting students have fun making their own drawings on a computer or on paper with crayon. Students can be shown how the paper version can always be scanned so that a digital file can be made and used on the computer.
Big Idea for the Child to Think About:
Why is it a personal responsibility to respect other people's copyrighted work?