• Improving skills and increasing employability

    The majority of teachers entered the profession not only to teach but to make a difference to young people’s lives. With calls from employers to ensure students are equipped for the world of work, there’s no better opportunity to action this mindset and help students get a rounded education that goes beyond the curriculum requirements. We look at simple ways for educators to build their students’ skills, without adding to workloads.

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  • Reducing Unoriginal Writing in High Schools

    Click to View Interactive Infographic and Map33 percent. That's how much high schools that use Turnitin have reduced highly unoriginal paper submissions in the US. Imagine all the not so good things that could be better if there were 33 percent less of it.

    If the US National Debt were reduced by 33 percent, it would go from $17 trillion to $11.4 trillion and the US government wouldn't be in a shut down.

    If the number of High School students that don't graduate on time was reduced by 33 percent, the US would increase the graduation rate from 78% to 85%.

    If global poverty were reduced by 33 percent, there would be 400 million people no longer living on less than $1.25 per day.

    So you see, 33 percent is pretty significant, and can can make quite an impact.

    To our Turnitin teachers and schools, thank you for choosing Turnitin—thank you for making a difference.

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  • Smart Watch or High Tech Cheat Sheet?

    Samsung GALAXY Gear Cheat SheetToday, Samsung introduced GALAXY Gear, better known as the much anticipated "Smart Watch," allowing users/wearers to access text messages, email, chat, and certain apps like Evernote. This has the potential to be yet another way for students to use technology to cheat—Mashable covered several of these methods last year.

    Of course smart watches aren't anything all that new, I grew up in the era of calculator watches and TI-82s. I remember teachers asking students to remove their watches along with hats, and some teachers went so far as to clear the memory from those big graphing calculators.

    In a way it'll be a new way of doing the same fundamental type of cheating, the crib sheet. Every educator will have their own way of addressing these issues, whether it's a no-tech policy, use of monitoring systems, or an academic honesty pledge.

    Do you think this will be an issue in your classes? If so, how will you address it? Let us know in the comments.

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  • States Prepare Common Core Assessments

    The Center of Education Policy released a report based on a survey of 40 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) about assessments aligned to the Common Core. This was in an effort to learn more about states' policies, progress, and challenges in assessing students' mastery of the CCSS and preparing to implement assessments aligned to these standards.

    Key Findings:

    20130829-cc-2727 of the 40 states surveyed have already taken steps to start assessing students’ mastery of the Common Core or will do so before the consortia-developed assessments are ready in school year 2014-15. 20130829-cc-20Half of the survey states have begun undertaking activities to prepare teachers to interpret and use the results of the diagnostic assessments being developed by the state testing consortia.
    20130829-cc-1919 of the states surveyed have started working with districts and schools to plan both extra assistance for students who may need help in passing CCSS-aligned exams and remediation for students who fail the exams on the first try. 20130829-cc-8Only 8 survey states are considering temporarily suspending consequences for schools or individuals based on student performance once the CCSS-aligned assessments are administered.
    20130829-cc-3333 survey states are planning to conduct public relations efforts to help educate parents and other stakeholders about the reasons why students may not perform as well on the CCSS-aligned assessments as on current state tests. 20130829-cc-33A majority of the survey states that belong to one or both of the state testing consortia expressed positive views about key features of the consortia-developed assessments.
    20130829-cc-1717 of the states surveyed are considering administering CCSS-aligned assessments in addition to or instead of those being developed by Smarter Balanced or PARCC. 20130829-cc-34A majority (34) of survey states report facing challenges with various aspects of preparing to administer the CCSS-aligned assessments.

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  • Tech Leaders Can’t Prevent Cheating, But Faculty Can

    78 percent of HE CIOs can't stop cheatingAccording to the Higher Education Technology Survey conducted by the Consero Group, 78% of CIOs surveyed said their departments have little or no ability to stop students from using information technology to cheat. Specifically, 30% said they had no ability to prevent cheating, while 48% classified their ability to prevent it as "low."

    "With the evolution of technology generally, the ability to cheat has evolved," said Consero CEO Paul Mandell. So he found it surprising that the vast majority of the respondents said the IT function is not involved in preventing cheating.

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  • Turnitin Enters into New Partnership with South Korea's Hancom

    Turnitin extends its remit to include HWP file type

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    Turnitin has recently announced that it is working in partnership with Hancom of South Korea, creators of the Hancom Office suite of software, to support the country’s most widely used word processing file type (the .hwp format) in Turnitin the world’s leading plagiarism detection service. Turnitin started accepting .hwp files earlier this year.

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  • The African Academic integrity seminar

    The African Academic integrity seminar

    Turnitin is extremely proud to host the first ever series of African Integrity seminars in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

    Following on from Turnitin co-founder Dr John Barrie’s South Africa trip last year, the first ever series of African Academic Integrity Seminars are a major step forward in the region targeting the issue of plagiarism and sharing views and opinion on the nature of the problem.

    The first opportunity to attend this event will be on Monday 20th May at the University of Cape Town. However, to ensure that as many of you are able to benefit from the seminar, it will be repeated on the 24th May at the University of Johannesburg.

    Participants at both seminars will include Turnitin users as well as those who do not currently use the system, but wish to gain some information about its many advantages and about academic integrity in general.

    The seminar has a varied programme Keynote speakers include Dr Cath Ellis from the University of Huddersfield (UK) who will be covering the subject of E-assesment, and Stella Orim from the University of Coventry (UK) who will be covering international perceptions of plagiarism. Other speakers are to be announced at a later date.

  • How Do Students Do Research Online?

    While the internet has been a boon for information access and availability, three out of four educators strongly agree that "search engines have conditioned students to expect to be able to find information quickly and easily," according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project study entitled, How Teens Do Research in the Digital World.

    Most of the advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project teachers in this study said students are "very likely" to use Google, Wikipedia, and social media sites for typical research assignments.

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    This is consistent with findings from Turnitin's recent research that analyzes the most frequently matched Internet sources (released in January) which show that Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, and eNotes were the top three among secondary students. At the college and university level, the top three were Wikipedia, OPPapers (a paper mill), and SlideShare.

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  • Wikipedia Use Among Teachers

    Click to get the interactive SEER PDFIt turns out that teachers use Wikipedia much more often than U.S. adult internet users at large (87% vs. 53%), according to a Pew Research Center study, "How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms" released on February 28, 2013.

    "Wikipedia is really an encyclopedia that presents information from consensus," says Renee Bangerter, professor of English at Saddleback College in a Turnitin webcast entitled What's Wrong with Wikipedia. She goes on to say, "But it is what it is, a general encyclopedia, and in academic writing we really want students to be moving towards primary or secondary sources."

    Teachers have been known to often discourage students from using Wikipedia because of concerns about the accuracy of user-generated, crowd-sourced content. Despite this, students still commonly make Wikipedia their first stop when starting their online research. If students are to use Wikipedia, they should use it to familiarize themselves with a quick summary of a topic before moving on to other more credible sources.

    Turnitin recently made available The Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER), as a free interactive PDF that you can use to score any website you want. You can use it to evaluate student sources, or better yet, have your students use it to self-evaluate the sources they use.

  • Sources in Student Writing #Infographic

    What do students’ sources suggest about their approach to online research?

    Turnitin's annual study examines the sources students use in their written work and the implications of their choices. This study was conducted for both Higher Ed and Secondary Education.

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    The higher ed study and infographic is based on an analysis of over 112 million content matches from more than 28 million student papers submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012. Included are recommendations for educators on how to improve student research and citation skills.


    The secondary education study and infographic is based on an analysis of over 44 million content matches from more than 9 million student papers submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012. Included are recommendations for educators on how to improve student research and citation skills.

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