Here’s a great site that includes all sorts of information (similar to this one!) for teachers. I especially like their videos. There’s lots to explore, but what I’ve found so far is that most the videos are for educators, specifically, how to educate students about plagiarism. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Okay, so here’s a new issue that I encountered this week. I had a student write an extended essay (IB Thesis) in Chinese as per requirements. We had a problem utilizing existing plagiarism software to check for originality. How can I check a non-English paper for plagiarism? I couldn’t be the only one who has encountered this problem.
After a little bit of research, I found my answer. Check out this resource. Plagramme.com is a multi-lingual plagiarism checker where teachers can upload papers in a number of languages and check for plagiarism.
If you have the same problem as me, use this website. It works great.
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.
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.”
Every week, I have at least one teacher ask me about free anti-plagiarism websites. Well, from all the ones I’ve checked out, the best is grammarly.com. Why? It has a pretty sophisticated plagiarism checker, though nowhere near the advanced algorithim that turnitin employs. But, for those schools who are cash strapped. It provides a nice alternative. Of course, you don’t get all the bells and whistles, but grammarly does provide some other resources. My favorite is the grammar help it offers to students. I ask my writing students to use grammarly to help them eliminate many of their common grammar mistakes.
It’s not the best thing out there, but among the free choices, grammarly is hard to beat.
Check out the link: grammarly.com
Last year, I was put in charge of the school’s selection of plagiarism software. Initially, I was told by our administrator’s that the software was unnecessary. This, I pointed out, was ridiculously naive. Students, even the best students, are always tempted to plagiarize. That’s a part of our digital world. I did my research and looked at all the types of software out there. Without a doubt, I was most impressed with turnitin.com. So, I raised funds to purchase a membership with turnitin.com.
I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the platform, the simple steps for students to upload papers, and the depth of their servers in rooting out unoriginal writing (see below for a description of this impressive depth). I trained all of my colleagues and began offering PD’s focusing on turnitin.com as a great tool for eliminating student plagiarism.
But, why go to the hastle at all? For me, turnitin.com and all of the other tools are not just about decreasing plagiarism, but it’s also about increasing original and creative thinking and writing. That’s the goal of all education no matter what grade.
Please, share your own experience with turnitin.com (or another plagiarism reducing software or website) in the comments below.
***turnitin.com has three databases which it compares student papers to: 1) A copy of the entire internet!, 2) An offline database of academic papers, and 3) Any paper ever submitted to the website itself. Pretty impressive!