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Turnitin at Bedford High School

BHS will now be offering students an additional resource to help them become better writers, critical thinkers, and researchers while preparing them for a post-secondary education. Please read the information below to help you understand this powerful tool students will be using to proofread and edit their work.

It's important to understand that Turnitin is going to be used as a learning tool at BHS. Students will have their own account, submit their own papers, review their own Originality Reports generated by Turnitin, and then have the opportunity to refine their paper before it is handed into the teacher for grading.

At the college level, students will typically not be permitted to submit their paper to Turnitin. The professor will submit student work. Allowing students to use this tool now will put them at an advantage for their future by allowing them to use this as a powerful editing tool.

What is Turnitin?
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating student work. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 135 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student work online.

How Does It Work?
When checking originality, Turnitin compares the submission’s text to a vast database of 45+ billion pages of digital content (including archived Internet content that is no longer available), over 337 million submissions in the student archive, and 130,000+ professional, academic and commercial journals and publications. Turnitin offers institutions a wide variety of flexible options for handling students' submissions including options that let students choose to keep their work in an institution-only private zone. ETS® e-rater® technology is integrated with Turnitin to identify spelling, grammar, mechanics, usage and style errors so instructors can focus on providing more substantive feedback. 
Common Turnitin Misconceptions

Misconception:  Student copyrights are compromised in some way by Turnitin.

Reality: The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously affirmed that Turnitin's archiving of work was not a copyright infringement because it falls within the fair use exception.  Please see our "Answers to Common Legal Questions about Turnitin."

Misconception:  Every student paper submitted becomes part of the Turnitin database--forever.

Reality: Turnitin has many options--including the ability to offer students an "opt out" of the database and the option of having an institutional database of student papers.  Student papers may be removed only by request of the instructor of the class.

Misconception:  Turnitin works the same in all situations and is not flexible.

Reality: Turnitin has many options and settings for adapting Turnitin to your various institutional departmental, and individual needs. Instructors at BHS will let their students see their reports, submit their own papers and do re-submissions.

Misconception:  Turnitin detects plagiarism.

Reality: Turnitin matches to text in their databases and leaves the judgment up to the student/instructor.  As mentioned above, students MUST look at the Originality Reports to determine if there is a problem.

Misconception: My privacy will be violated by using Turnitin
RealityTurnitin is committed to protecting the privacy and security of their users and their information. They maintain extremely high levels of privacy and security through the use of SSL encryption, redundant servers, sophisticated firewalls, multiple data centers, and privacy and security audits. Turnitin complies with the Safe Harbor privacy and security standards. With a security system that has never been breached and a student privacy pledge of the highest standards, instructors and students can use Turnitin with an unsurpassed level of confidence.