A Teacher Discusses How To Use Turnitin

Check out this great article on how a teacher uses turnitin to facilitate improved student writing. The article does a great job taking the reader through how to use turnitin. Turnitin is of course a writing tool not a solve all plagiarism checker.

*While I have been named a Turnitin Global Innovator Honorable Mention for my work in class and this site, I have no obligations financial or otherwise to speak highly of turnitin. I just find it’s a great tool as a teacher!

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The Written Word: A TurnItIn Podcast on Writing

Check out this great resource from TurnItIn: The Written Word. It’s a podcast on writing. Of course, integrity issues are at the forefront (it is turnitin after all), but it is so much more. I have enjoyed listening to the episodes and look forward to future ones. Enjoy!

TurnItIn Announces New Tool that Combats “Contract Plagiarism”

Check out this post on Plagiarism Today. The post takes a look at a new tool coming for TurnItIn that goes after students purchasing papers from essay mills–quite a plague in academia today. According to the article, “Turnitin has announced that it is working with seven universities to create a new tool . . . Entitled Authorship Investigation  [which] aims to detect when a student’s writing changes drastically and help spot potential cases of contract cheating” (Plagiarism Today). This could make an extremely useful tool that much stronger. 

I Love Turn It In!

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!