Teaching kids about plagiarism can be complicated. In a mash-up world it is hard for students and adults to know exactly where the lines are between fair use and plagiarism. The best measures always use a series of questions to determine if you are plagiarizing or following fair use guidelines. You might want to try using this infographic to discuss plagiarism with your students.
"I vividly remember being disappointed during my first year of teaching: my students weren’t nearly as excited about primary source documents as I was. Primary source documents, as you know, offer readers a unique, real-world perspective, and I thought my kids would love delving into them. I soon learned that my disappointing results weren’t due to the documents that I’d selected, but rather how I was having students use them. That first year, they weren’t doing anything but reading them. Today, Web-based tools enable students to discover more primary sources than ever before and engage them in dynamic ways." ~ Richard Bryne
Check out this article published in Digital Shift about cool online tools to help students engage in primary source material. I would love to work with some of you to create a primary source lesson or two for next year.
In the age of the mash-up it often seems to students (and adults) that it is OK to use any images, video, or sounds they find on the internet in school projects. While the copyright guidelines for educational use are more relaxed than those for commercial use, it is more than ever it is important to model copyright etiquette for our students and teach them acceptable use for media.
What does "fair use" mean in a digital age? It seems like the answer to that question is constantly changing, but if we teach our students the basic differences between copyrighted materials and materials that are in the creative commons we have taken one large step toward teaching copyright etiquette. Here are the steps you can take as a teacher to help:
The end of the fourth quarter has become the home of the project. Students across campus are completing Civil War battle posters, English essays, poetry notebooks, and explorer trading cards. Don't forget that when you do a project (no matter how small) the library is here to help. We have seen many students over the past few weeks who have questions about bibliography and citations. Did you know that the rules for correct citation changed last summer? Enter two ways your librarian can help #8 and #20:
#20 - Teach students how to create a bibliography/works cited.
Yes that is right, your librarian is willing to teach and/or review the correct format for bibliography with your students. This includes updating worksheets and examples to the latest format. She also knows some tricks to help students complete their works cited correctly the first time.
#8 - Be responsible for scoring part of a rubric (ex. the bibliography)
Yes, you heard that correctly. If your librarian helps you teach an information literacy skill (like citation and bibliographies) she can help you evaluate that literacy skill.
Both of these tips require some advance planning and coordination. The end result is a division of labor that should help students feel supported and free teachers to focus their grading efforts on academic content.
** The ideas in this series are based on the document "100 Ways Your Librarian can Help You" published by the Beaverton School District. Read them one-at-a-time here, or check out the whole list online.
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