Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chapter 5: Researching and Evaluating Internet Information

Q: How can teachers respond to problems of plagiarism when students use online sources?

Plagiarism is defined as the direct copying and misrepresenting of someone else's work as one's own. When using someone else's words you must give credit, whether the words were written or spoken. To not give credit would be considered plagiarism and cheating in all areas. Technology has made it easier for students to plagiarise. It's easy to click download on a paper so you don't have to write it yourself. It is also easier to copy and paste words from digital books and text, and websites than it used to be to write out someone else's work.

Programs are available to teachers to check for plagiarism such as Turnitin. Some students plagiarise because they do not understand what constitutes plagiarism. Teachers can try to avoid this problem before it happens by educating students early on referencing their work and what plagiarism is.

The way a teacher constructs the assignment can also help to avoid plagiarism. Do not ask students to recite facts, but give an assignment that requires them to think and give their personal viewpoint on a subject.

Tech Tool

 iGoogle lets you personally design you Google search page. A teacher can choose to have news from their subject area i.e science or mathematics displayed on the homepage. This would allow the teacher to easily begin lessons with up to date news articles.
iGoogle also allows you to view your google calendar without going to a separate page and add a to do list which would be useful for lesson planning.
After creating my own iGoogle page I saw a notice at the top saying the iGoogle would no linger be available after 1st November 2013. They suggest changing to google chrome for similar features.


Maloy, R. W. (2011). Transforming learning with new technologies. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.
Turnitin : Products : OriginalityCheck. (n.d.). Turnitin : Leading Plagiarism Checker, Online Grading and Peer Review. Retrieved February 14, 2013, from

1 comment:

  1. When teaching about plagiarism and copyright, you can also be promoting student's created works. Sometimes when a student makes a really cool video and it is purposely used without permission or attribution (or even better, taking credit for it) by the teacher, it can be used as an example that hits home for students. It is tough to battle the 'copy and paste' mentality when there is so much out there.

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