The British Council located in Belgrade, Serbia will be holding a conference n “New Technologies in Education” in late February. I am presenting on “Bridging the Gap”–connecting high school education with university education through the lens of developing critical thinking skills. The key issue I will work through is the need for plagiarism detection software in high school as the tool to develop critical thinking skills.
My presentation is in partnership with Turn It In’s European Educator Network. Of course, in March I will do a post on the conference as well as provide an online link to my presentation. Until then, I would appreciate feedback from high school teachers (and university profs) about any issues relating to my presentation. Your feedback will help me as I engage educators at the conference. Please leave your feedback in the comments section of this post. Here is a description of my presentation, and below it is a link to the conference webpage.
Bridging the gap
When students enter higher education they are facing specific requirements regarding critical and original thinking. They need to understand how to respect copyright and how to declare when they are using other people’s ideas. The use of anti-plagiarism technology can help students get prepared for this transition and bridge the gap between secondary and higher education.
John is the Head of the Literature and Writing Department and a Literature and Writing Teacher at QSI International School of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds advanced degrees from Duke University, the University of California, and Harvard University. He focuses on decreasing student plagiarism through the use of educational technology. He also provides training to fellow teachers, and with his guidance, they have started using technology to provide student feedback and increase student originality.