What is Plagiarism? Middle School Technology Class Students Discuss and Produce Narrated Presentations

March 17, 2009

Earlier this week, students in Mr. Bell’s Middle School Technology class learned about plagiarism and had a great discussion on the types of plagiarism and some of the consequences of submitting work and ideas that is not their own. The students created Powerpoint presentations using royalty-free images, clip art, and images licensed under Creative Commons. Finally, the students used Voicethread to upload their presentations to the web and provide narration.

Please take a moment to view some samples of their work. They did a fantastic job as you can see! Stay tuned for more information on Voicethread and the many ways it can be used as we will be providing accounts to students in the home study program next year thanks to funding from generous donors.

For additional information on plagiarism and how to prevent it, please visit the resources at http://www.plagiarism.org/.

As a result of the learning process and participating, the students met the following NETS (National Educational Technology Standards):
1. creative thinking and construct knowledge through the use of technology. (NETS 1)
2. create original works as a means of personal expression. (NETS 1b)
3. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats. (NETS 2b)