Here’s a great website I found care of “The Learning Network” from The New York Times:New York Times Learning Network: Plagiarism Education
The site has all sorts of lesson plans, tools, tips, videos, and more that can help you instruct your students about plagiarism. As they put it, “The middle and high school years are an opportunity to shape healthy attitudes in a lower-stakes environment. But for many students, poor habits are formed ahead of college.” This website can help you instruct your middle school and high school students in the good habits of avoiding plagiarism.
A great, great, great discussion about originality in the world today (music, fashion, technology, etc.) from the folks at TED.
Of particular importance is how (or if) originality can be achieved in today’s world. My view is that students need to learn how to use prior sources and ideas to build upon. That is their original contribution.
Here’s the podcast: What is Original?
For you history buffs, check out this article which talks about the meaning of the word “plagiarism” and its first century Roman origins:
Plagiarism and the First Century
Check out this article in the Times Higher Education: Students “Don’t Understand” Plagiarism, Research Suggests
A great article demonstrating the reasons why plagiarism education is a necessity.
One of the best things a teacher can do is to create a classroom environment that discourages AND DECREASES the temptation to commit plagiarism. Using plagiarism checking software is a must (just like a police officers presence decreases speeding on the road), but anti-plagiarism friendly assignments also are great. They turn your classroom into an anti-plagiarism environment while at the same time promoting creative and original thinking. Win-win!
Here’s a helpful link from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies and Writing department that offers teachers suggestions about how to create assignments that decrease the temptation to cheat: Resources for Teachers: How to Prevent Plagiarism
Good luck on the new school year!
The folks at worldessays.com found the website and reached out to me. I checked out their resource and found it to be a really good one. Try it out, and thanks to worldessays.com.
Here’s their blurb:
“Feeling angsty about all the referencing in your essay? Afraid that it’s repeating some article or book passage? Visit Free Plagiarism Checker by WorldEssays.com. Its extensive academic paper database yields the most accurate results when in doubt on authenticity of essays written in English and Spanish. You may do 5 checks per month without any additional actions required, and after becoming a registered user you get 100 monthly tokens. Nowadays it’s hard to come up with original ideas that don’t second anyone, however with Free Plagiarism Checker you can rest assured that your choice of words is impeccable.”
The plagiarism scandal currently hitting the Trump campaign is doing a great service of placing plagiarism and the insidiousness of it into the pubic’s eye. Trump has provided a great resource to broach the subject with your students. So, thank you, Mr. Trump (didn’t think I’d ever write that!). Check out the fun political cartoon below (emailed to me by one of my subscribers):