As a computer teacher I have always been in awe of English
teachers. Their ability to read mountains of papers and dedicated
to actually read and comment on them never ceases to amaze me.
Asking me to diagram a sentence still makes me break out in a cold
My point, when students turn work into me for projects that they have
worked on I have noticed more and more that a lot of the information
turned in is not theirs. Even I can tell a copy and paste job and
if that is the case, it is starting to really get bad.
There are Grammar and Plagiarism checkers that will help both teachers
and students. There are worksheets students have to download to
I try to create the lessons that will allow students to use their
tablets/ smart phones as well links to web pages thereby allowing them
the ability to use school/home computers if they do not have the latest
I also created business card size cards that can be given to students
as a reminder about the rules, do & don’t. Such cards
by Vistaprint are not expensive (I just looked 250 for $10) and really
give a professional look to such reminders.
All qr code.
Requires students take ownership of information.
Here is a lesson that I created that English teachers / social studies
teachers may want to look at about copyrights and fair use. I
don’t think our students understand how important creating their
own work is especially in the academic world. The lesson is
called Copyright Webquest. (I know I’m dating myself, but
look at it anyway as we add some technology to get the kids interested
For those of you in the elementary- middle school level, the
application called Raz Kids may be something you would like to look
at. There is the ability to create classes (similar to Quia) to
include passwords. What I like about this program is that it
allows students to read their books, record their voices reading the
books and listen to their voice. Most students are not satisfied
with how they do, so there will be a lot of practice. According
to the material, there are up to 27 different levels of difficulty.
Each day, have a question or more like a review on points that have been covered in the class. Socrative
calls it ‘Exit Ticket’. Have the students bookmark
it, all you have to tell them is to login and put their classroom
number in and answer the question. It takes very little to come
up with the question and is a good review. You can the results
emailed to you.