Plagiarism is a real problem in schools. If you are a teacher, you probably know what I’m talking about. How many times have you had to tell a student they have to redo their assignment because they copied and pasted something from the internet?
This plagiarism problem becomes worse for teachers as it is up to them to correct their students and encourage them to write original thoughts (not ones found on the internet). So, how do you, as a teacher, motivate your students to write creative and original thoughts?
Well, we have some good news for you. SchoolAdvisor has found a software solution that not only checks for plagiarism (like many others do) but actually tracks how students regurgitate their own thoughts. Before we reveal exactly what this software solution is and how it can be used in your school, let’s first clearly define what plagiarism is.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is so much more than copying and pasting something from the internet (borrowing without attribution i.e. using text that belongs to someone else). There are actually four categories of plagiarism. These are: ‘plagiarism of text’, ‘paraphrasing’, ‘self-plagiarism’, and ‘collusion’.
Plagiarism of Text
This is the common one we all know – copying a portion of text from another source without giving appropriate credit to its author. This is not acceptable in any kind of educational institution.
This type of plagiarism requires skill from a student. It involves stitching paraphrased parts from different sources into one paper. Paraphrasing still requires a citation, since the meaning and structure of the text is borrowed from another source.
You probably aren’t familiar with this type of plagiarism. Self-plagiarism happens when a student uses his or her own good ideas again and again, without creating new scientific knowledge or any kind of original content. Though it is great that a student has created something worthy for once, if he or she uses old works as new ones, that is also plagiarism.
Collusion (aka contract help)
This is the hardest type of plagiarist to detect. Collusion happens when a student obtains help from a writer and then copies text with the consent of the initial composer of a paper.
We believe that, in order for teachers to address non-critical, dull thinking and encourage their learners to engage with assignments, it is important to become familiar with the above types of plagiarism. The problem for teachers is that it is very difficult and time-consuming to check their student’s work for these types of plagiarism.
As mentioned above, SchoolAdvisor has discovered a software solution that not only checks for plagiarism but also helps teachers train students to develop a more original, critical and creative approach to writing.
Unlike other plagiarism checkers, Teaching Writing Online (plagiarismcheck.org) are able to detect more than just ‘plagiarism of text’. The most impressive thing we found is that their algorithms can even detect ‘paraphrasing’. Their software can also minimize false positive results, create a private archive for every school and supports resubmissions (revisions are not marked as plagiarized from the earlier version of the document).
Schools like Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Treverton Preparatory School and College, Bellavista School and Redhill School are all using it because of this.
If you are interested in trying this software out for your school, simply fill in your details below and someone from Teaching Writing Online (plagiarismcheck.org) will contact you to set up a free monthly trial account. You can also visit their website for more info.