Category Archives: #digcit

Teaching About Plagiarism

IMG_7035This week we’ve been talking about plagiarism in 3rd and 5th grade (4th will come soon). As we move to more digital content and research, it becomes easier and easier to just grab a photo or a paragraph off the internet and reuse it. But do you have permission to use it? And did you give credit to the original creator? These are both questions we’ve been exploring.

Whose Is It, Anyway? by Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a great resource for digital tools. We use some of their lessons and handouts, such as “Whose Is It Anyway?” (pictured) where students explore scenarios where children borrow someone else’s work. Common Sense Media has great information and ideas for educators and parents. And their resources are all free!

Photos For Class is a resource we share with students to help them find images. All of the photos you find there have been tagged by their creator as okay to use, and when you download them the author and copyright information is attached directly to the image so you don’t have to keep track of it.

As more information is shared and easily accessible online, it is important to remember that just because we can see something online it does not mean that we can take it.

Tech Savvy Parenting Night: STEM

The BPS EdTech Team is excited to announce our next Tech Savvy Parenting night, “Branching Out with STEM.” This is the third installment of our Digital Bootcamp Series and this time our focus is on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.


Members of the BPS EdTech Team, along with BHS Help Desk students, will provide parents and their children with information about the current state and future trends of STEM, including opportunities for young women. Parents will receive an overview of the K-12 STEM curriculum offered in Burlington and learn about potential college majors and STEM related career paths. We will also provide a list of FREE resources designed to keep children of all ages engaged in STEM activities year round. The evening will conclude with hands-on Hour of Code activities for the entire family. Parents and students will select from a variety of free coding tutorials and explore the basics of computer programming with support from the BPS EdTech Team and BHS Help Desk students. This fun and educational event is one you don’t want to miss!

Please register to attend by completing the registration form below. We look forward to seeing the whole family on Monday, March 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Any questions about this event may directed to BPS Mobile Learning Coach Jenn Scheffer at

Plagiarism and Citing Sources

FullSizeRenderOver the past couple weeks all third, fourth, and fifth graders have started to explore plagiarism and how it relates to what we do at school.

We’ve explored the concept of Creative Commons (CC) and learned how to do a Google Search that only returns CC-licensed images by using the Search Tools, so we know that if we use an image from the Internet that it’s okay with the image owner for us to use that image.

FullSizeRender (1)We have also explored how to cite those sources. In addition to having permission to use an image, we have to give credit to the original author as well.

It was great to see the students grow as they wrestled with the concept of ownership as we try to make a effort not to accidentally steal things from the Internet.