Resources for with Students


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Whether you are explicitly bringing up digital citizenship with your students or just being mindful of it as you encourage or require students to be active online, it is useful to have some resources at your fingertips.

Terms of Service
One thing that is important to consider is the Terms of Service. Have you read the terms of service or privacy policy for every site you use? It is a good bet that student’s haven’t either. While it is good to encourage a better understanding of that in general, it is even more important to bring it up with any technology you are asking them to use or suggesting could be used for your course. You should vet any software you mention, which includes knowing things about the terms of service. Often those documents are long and difficult to read, so check out Terms of Service; Didn’t Read for some help. The site gives a clear breakdown of important points in terms of service as well as rating any issues with particular sites (e.g., will they provide notice before changing their terms? what about ownership of material posted to the site? do they share information with anyone other than the user?)

Digital Citizenship Sites
If you want to bring up digital citizenship explicitly, consider discussing their digital tattoo. Although many sites use the term “digital footprint,” the reality is that not much disappears from he internet. Something, somewhere, has cached any activity and deleting it does not always wipe it out. Thus the term “digital tattoo” more accurately reflects how difficult it is to change or remove actions once they’ve been taken. The linked site is aimed at teachers but is relevant to anyone.

Using Third-Party Software
Third-party software entails any software not directly supported by the University of Regina. If you choose to recommend or suggest options to students, you may want to consider providing them some guidance. More and more scholars agree that there is no such thing as a digital native (rather, David White argues for a fluid concept of visitor and resident which can change depending on situation) so assuming that your students will already know more about using the technology you mention for academic purposes than you do is not a safe assumption at all. With this in mind, it can be useful to consider providing them some suggestions of what software or websites they might want to use, a bit of information on what they may want to choose, and some guidance on how to get started.

Below you will find an example of information you could give if you were wanting students to create a video presentation.

PowerPoint

You can certainly use powerpoint if you have this software.  Powerpoint is very good to use and also easy to add your own
voice.  Voice is totally optional! This method does not rely on an outside service such as other services listed below.

  1. Getting Started & Saving | youtube 5:01 min
  2. Inserting images | youtube 3:44min
  3. Adding your voice to Powerpoint | youtube 3:06 minutes
  4. This file might be large with the audio, so use the U of R File Upload Service mentioned below to create a sharable link

U of R File Upload Service

If your presentation is larger than 16 MB (Ex. if you have an actual PowerPoint file) you may need to upload to the U of
R File Upload Service.  This website will provide a link for you to share with others for 30 days.  So keep a back-up file!

  1. Location: https://upload.uregina.ca | website
  2. Instructions for using the File Upload Service | pdf

Google Presentations

You will need to establish a google account before you can use this software.  

  1. Location: Google Drive | website
  2. Creating a presentation, inserting images, exporting to share with the class | youtube video 6:49 min
  3. Sharing your presentation | YouTube video 1:55 min
  4. Recording audio is not an option in Google presentation
  5. To use this with Voicethread you can always download your finished presentation by choosing File>Download as..>Microsoft Powerpoint(.pptx). Once saved you can import this file into VoiceThread.  See below.

Prezi

This is free software many people like for creating presentations.  There is a bit of a learning curve for Prezi so do not feel pressure to use.  It is an option but better to use something else unless you have already created a few Prezis in the past.

  1. Location: http://prezi.com/
  2. Creating a presentation | YouTube 1:10 min
  3. Sharing with the class | YouTube 1:00 min
  4. Import form PowerPoint | tutorial
  5. Adding Audio | YouTube 2:16 min

Screencast-o-matic

This is free software many people like for making a video of their presentation.  It allows you to record anything on your screen as well as sound from your microphone or anything playing on your computer. It could be used to make a video of your PowerPoint, Google Presentation, or Prezi, allowing you to narrate while you go through your presentation as you would in class.

  1. Location: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/
  2. Recording your presentation | tutorial
  3. To share, you can use the File Uploader or
    upload to YouTube
    when you finish recording.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is free and easy to use.  When you are finished creating a PowerPoint presentation or Google Presentation you can easily import it into VoiceThread. You may want to give VoiceThread a try!

  1. Location: https://voicethread.com/ | website
  2. Creating a presentation, sharing the link, Inserting images, leaving comments, and exporting | YouTube 7:10 min
  3. This tool is easy for you to leave small audio recordings on each slide in the presentation by using the comment button!

Disclaimer option
It is important to provide students with all the information to ensure they are making smart decisions. With this in mind, below is a disclaimer you could provide to students to ensure that they are aware of the potential risks to using software and websites for their school work. NOTE that the language here is specific to University of Regina.

Using Tools Outside of UR Courses

Before you use an third-party Web 2.0 services (i.e. Prezi, Voicethread, Google presentations), keep the following in mind:

  • These services may be used to enhance your learning experience, if you have any issues relating to what your instructor
    has asked you to do, please express your concerns in advance of the assignment.
  • Always take the time to read the Terms & Conditions and security policies if using these services.
  • Sometimes you may be giving up you intellectual property rights.
  • Anyone can read what you place on a public site so be cautious about your personal information.
  • These services come and go – sometimes taking your content with them – always keep your own copy (backup) of your work! This is especially important if students have any chance of challenging a grade.

  • The University of Regina has a policy on Limitation of Liability with respect to Non University Owned Data. ALWAYS KEEP A BACK-UP COPY OF YOUR WORK.
  • Sometimes it is extremely difficult to remove your digital footprint – think before you create.
  • Remember these services are external services, not hosted by the University of Regina.

adapted from: Web 2.0 Guidelines for Students. These guidelines created by the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh present a very common-sense approach to using Web 2.0 services.

Don’t forget copyright. By modelling good behaviour (including proper attribution for images, obeying Fair Dealing guidelines, knowing your own copyright around published articles), you can help set students up to understand copyright. This includes the issues around traditional plagiarism but also things like remixing, open access, and Creative Commons.