#9 Be Legal and Fair
Many times it can be obvious when a student has plagiarized another person’s work, other times its not so clear. With a virtually paperless classroom it has become more and more difficult to catch students who steal another persons work and call it their own. That is where plagiarism checking software comes in handy. There are many options available, some are free, some have a small “premium” user cost and others are meant for entire school/university use. Each of the providers has their own features and report options, some even provide a “grade” on the assignment.
I find it very quick and easy to check a students work that I am questioning but strongly caution against the grading feature if available. While computers can do incredible things, I am skeptical about assigning a grade to a paper without being able to read the article for voice, tone or know what the assignment was asking for.
In the past I have had students run their own papers thru various checkers; grammar and plagiarism, then make needed changes and submit both copies.
Best Practice (CITW): Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback – Best Practice Recommendations for Setting Objectives: specific but not restrictive, Communicated to students/parents, Connected to previous/future learning, Engaging.
Best Practice Recommendations for Providing Feedback: Corrective, Timely, Criterion Referenced, Engaging.
ISTE Student Standard 2: Digital Citizen – Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
ISTE Teacher Standard 4: Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information d. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools