This past month, I got an email from Anastasia at Unplag.com. Her company has a free plagiarism checker that I used this month. It works really well. This is Anastasia’s email which describes her company and its purpose. Check out unplag for a great free tool.
“Here, at Unplag, we strive to develop students’ creative thinking. That is why we regularly create interesting materials and resources on plagiarism topic both for teachers and students.
Recently we launched a free plagiarism checker for academic writers: https://unplag.com/free-plagiarism-checker
. It can find plagiarism in texts written in English, German, Spanish, French and a few other languages.
[This] is not a comprehensive list of things we create, we also like to run different activities to make students aware of plagiarism threats and simplify the teachers’ job . . .
we want to build a good relationship with educators and bloggers who share our values on plagiarism topic.”
This week, my students began working on a larger film project. They wanted to bring in images, video, and music from outside sources. I told them that they cold do that, but they would need to get permission or find open sources. Very few knew how to do this. If you face, this problem. Here’s a couple of sources.
- Creative Commons (https://search.creativecommons.org): CC is a great site that allows a searches on a number of search engines including (among others) Youtube (video), Flickr (images), Google Images, Wikipedia Commons, and many more. You can find images, video, and music which can be reused and even modified.
- Advanced Search Option on Google: On google.com, go to the settings tab (in the bottom right corner of the screen). Click on the advanced search option. This option allows you to find material on google that can be reused responsibly.
A huge majority of student plagiarism cases deal with images (and they don’t even know it’s plagiarism). Check out several posts on this site dealing with this issue. To avoid these cases, use these websites to help students find sources they can use and not violate copyrights.
Teachers (and other academic integrity enthusiasts!),
Here’s a helpful source : hosting facts.
It’s another great site with lots of plagiarism education and detection tools. Of special note is the way the site helps to distinguish between plagiarism and copyright infringement, involves an infographic with a timeline of U.S. copyright history, and covers some of the major free online tools for detecting plagiarism.
Check it out!
Here is an interesting article about combatting plagiarism through handwritten assignments. The article gives an interesting perspective on the value of handwriting for promoting originality and “deeper cognition” as students complete their work.
I utilize handwritten assignments in my class often, and have found that it does force students to think through their writing. It is more work on the teacher, however. But, as the article seems to suggest, the pros outweigh the cons.
Many of the teachers that come to this site teach in an International Baccalaureate (or IB) school. The IB has rigorous academic honesty policies for their classes. For example, all IB teachers must sign off on the originality of each of their students work. For this post, I have collected a couple of IB resources that discuss effective practices and principles to utilize in your classrooms to encourage academic honesty. By no means are these documents limited to IB teachers, all teachers should find them useful.
So, I created this presentation for a PD session I did in an attempt to provide an example for plagiarism education. I encouraged the teachers in the session to see it as an example of how to teach students about the issues around plagiarism.
Check it out.
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.