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Using Turnitin.com inside Canvas.

Turnitin.com is integrated into Canvas.  When you add an assignment to be turned in, simply use the Turnitin.com method. Select the options to have the paper checked against the Regis Jesuit repository and all other repositories.  The originality report can be viewed in the Speed Grader and will indicate how much of the paper came from other sources.

*** NOTE.  Specify that students turn the paper in as a Word document (.doc or .docx) format.  The Originality Check will not read PDF documents or .pages documents.

Turnitin.com can be used as a great learning tool by providing a “Self Check” assignment that students can use to get an originality report without grading OR adding the paper to the repository.  This allows them to correct problems before submitting the final paper.  Then turnitin.com is not seen simply as a “Gotcha” tool.

This is done by designating the assignment as Do not Grade and selecting the “Do not add to the repository” checkbox.  For you convenience, there is a Self-Check assignment in the Canvas Commons that can be imported into Canvas.  Just change the name and modify the instructions to fit your assignment.  All of the settings are ready for a Self-Check Assignment.  Search in the Commons for “Turnitin.com NON-Recorded – Self-Check Assignment.

As always, please ask a librarian if you would like assistance.

Create a READING LIST in Canvas with Discovery Service RJ

Regis Jesuit subscribes to the Discovery Service RJ search tool. Located on the library website, this tool searches most of the RJ databases and the RJ Library catalog.  Used this way it can be a great tool for searching through all of our resources.

 

  • The Discovery Service RJ can be used right inside Canvas to create reading lists.   The tool is accessed by creating a Canvas Module, selecting the “+” to add an assignment:

 

  • Use the external tool: “RJHS Libraries: Curriculum & Reading List.”  After adding the External tool, rename it.

 

  • When you click on the newly renamed tool, you will be presented with a search box.

 

  • Search for database articles, books from the RJ catalog, and websites.  The Discovery Service RJ tool is loaded inside the Canvas page you are developing. Select the items you would like in your page, by selecting the “Add to Reading List” button.

  • Some examples: Note there is a place for you to add notes, instructions, discussion questions, etc.

 

  • What the student sees: This part of the reading list includes a website, a full text magazine article from a database and a writing prompt. 

  • For a complete tutorial, view this video.

  • Here are some ideas for making use of Curriculum Builder beyond the assigned readings, courtesy of Alicia Virtue at Santa Rosa Junior College:
    • Forums: Hold weekly forum discussions based on assigned readings
    • Glossaries: Increase class understanding of complex terminology by asking your students to build a shared glossary with definitions that students can search and browse based on assigned readings
    • Questionnaires: Survey students to gather and share feedback on recommended issues-oriented websites or assigned topical readings
    • Wikis: Build a shared study guide by asking each student to provide an annotated summary to an assigned reading
    • Quizzes: Assign a graded quiz based on reading list selections
    • Offline Assignments: Assign annotated summaries of reading list selections.

And as always, contact one of the librarians.  We would be glad to walk though the process with you the first time.  It is easy, once you’ve done it once.

 

 

 

The Greatest Gift: Teach Students to Fight Fake News

Challenge student thinking and fight ignorance by fostering critical thinking skills and information literacy in your classroom!

Full article: Teach Students to Fight Fake News

Flipster Magazines

Available for individual and class use.  Current issue and back issues available.
.Browse the full collection of magazine titles

Time — Seventeen — Science News — Rolling Stone — People — National Geographic — National Geographic History — Sports Illustrated — Commonweal — World Soccer — The Week — Rugby World — Runner’s World — Golf Digest — Car & Driver — Bon Appetit — Yoga Journal — 5280 — Shutterbug

The magazines can be viewed in any Web browser on iPad, Android tablet, any Smartphone or computer.  Simply click on a cover above.  For a full list, click on the “Flipster” Logo. Click here for a desktop Video tutorial.

Or use the App.  Available for iPad/iPhone or Android.  Instructions for the app.

 

The Periodic Table of Videos

Maintained by the University of Nottingham (UK) comes this collection of videos for each element of the periodic table.  Be sure to check out the university’s YouTube channel for more great content.

Periodic Table of Videos

Vocabulary.com for learning vocabulary for any subject

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Vocabulary.com isn’t just a tool for English teachers (Though it’s quite handy for literary devices and novel vocab!).  Any teacher can create their own lists of vocabulary for students to learn, or choose pre-made lists from the vocabulary.com library on any subject!  Create lists of terms for history, math, science, or art units to help reiterate and refresh.

How vocabulary.com works:

https://www.vocabulary.com/howitworks/

 

Teenreads for booklists, reviews, interviews, and more!

teenreads

One of our favorite teen reading sites is www.teenreads.com.  If you’re looking for ways to add an independent reading project to your class, this site has great booklists (The Ultimate Reading List!), author interviews, reviews, blog posts, and newsletters about reading to supplement the project.  You can also encourage voracious readers to apply to be a book reviewer!

Found Poems for Inquiry!

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This post by literacy coach Lauren Francese outlines the process for using primary sources to make found poems. This activity can easily be adapted for any discipline.  In the blog post below, students use soldiers’ journals from World War I, but I have also seen teachers use found poetry with novels and articles.

https://goo.gl/qR2Dyj