Turn It In Instructions
This year we will be implementing a new online program that your students will be using to submit all written papers through. This program is called Turn It In (www.turnitin.com). Turn It In will check your students work for plagiarism. Academic integrity is essential to the success of your student in High School as well as further education. This tool is used to help students understand the importance of academic integrity as well as a preemptive attempt to keep the work of the student honest. It is not just a tool for catching cheaters. Other benefits to the Turn It In online program are that now most of your students papers will be graded electronically and will be stored electronically as well as on your personal computer, and the students will have an opportunity to submit papers on some assignments for peer review. Obviously going paper less means less cost to the students, the parents, the teachers, and the school, as well as being more environmentally friendly.
Your student will be receiving training in the classroom in the next week on how to set up and use Turn It In. Instructions will also be posted to Renweb under the class documents page for you to use as a reference to help your student navigate through Turn It In. It is a very simple program but should you have any questions feel free to contact Mr. Van Dyke at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Here is some basic information on what Plagiarism is, and you can go to http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_what_is_plagiarism.html to get more detailed information about plagiarism.
What is Plagiarism?
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means
to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
to use (another's production) without crediting the source
to commit literary theft
to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
If you should have any questions please contact your teacher or the school administration. Thank you for helping us to keep academic integrity a priority in our students education.