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Top 10 FREE Plagiarism Detection Tools for Teachers

Top 10 FREE Plagiarism Detection Tools for Teachers
Editor's note: We have originally written and published this article in November 2013. Thanks to your useful suggestions and our own following of the latest developments in the fast paced field of technology, we have updated this piece in October 2015 in the hope that you will keep finding it useful. Thank you for sharing! The act of taking someone else’s ideas and passing them off as your own defines the concept of “plagiarism”. As it is shown by the growing educational concerns, plagiarism has now become an integral part of our digital lives as technology, with the billions of information it gives us access to, led to the exacerbation of this phenomenon. Are you still undecided about whether or not plagiarism checkers are really necessary in eLearning? Get 2 Free eBooks Get the eLearning Industry's Articles in your inbox.

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Free Plagiarism Checker Terms of UseLast updated on February 20, 2014 This document explains the Terms of Use under which you may use PaperRater.com ("PaperRater"), its products and services. Please read these Terms of Use carefully. Can software spot a great essay? Three times each year, middle school students in Birmingham, Michigan, take a 30-minute, timed writing assessment online. The test is done through Criterion, an ETS online writing evaluation service. Student writers receive immediate feedback on their grammar and mechanics, as well as links to exemplary writing that displays techniques the test-takers need to work on. Remember, a computer tool, not the teacher, is doing this. As Common Core standards require students to write extensively across the curriculum, such automatic assessment tools can help ease the grading burden for teachers.

The Single Secret to Soft Skills « Written by: Clare Haynes on November 25, 2013 @ 4:25 pm Is there a single secret to soft skills success? It never occurred to me before that there could be one most important ingredient for soft skills. Firstly, what are soft skills? “Personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” Oxford Dictionaries Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better In April of 2012, Mark D. Shermis, then the dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, made a striking claim: “Automated essay scoring engines” were capable of evaluating student writing just as well as human readers. Shermis’s research, presented at a meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, created a sensation in the world of education —among those who see such “robo-graders” as the future of assessment, and those who believe robo-graders are worse than useless. The most outspoken member of the second camp is undoubtedly Les Perelman, a former director of writing and a current research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Robo-graders do not score by understanding meaning but almost solely by use of gross measures, especially length and the presence of pretentious language,” Perelman charged in an op-ed published in the Boston Globe earlier this year.

Curation: A Core Competency for Learning Professionals In my first two posts for Learning Circuits, I explored how I use Twitter as a professional development tool, and last week we looked at Filtering: A Challenge and Responsibility for Learning Professionals. This week we're going to explore filtering further, and explain how learning professionals will provide filtering services on an increasing basis. There are two primary ways that filtering will impact learning professionals. The first impact is in helping workers understand the need and techniques for filtering.

Text Analysis, Text Mining, and Information Retrieval Software Commercial | online | free Text Analytics Platform: WordStat, ProSuite, QDA Miner - Free Trial On-line Text Mining / Text Analytics Tools Ranks.nl, keyword analysis and webmaster tools. Standardized-test robo-graders flunk “According to professor of theory of knowledge Leon Trotsky, privacy is the most fundamental report of humankind. Radiation on advocates to an orator transmits gamma rays of parsimony to implode.’’ Any native speaker over age 5 knows that the preceding sentences are incoherent babble. But a computer essay grader, like the one Massachusetts may use as part of its new public school tests, thinks it is exceptionally good prose. PARCC, the consortium of states including Massachusetts that is developing assessments for the Common Core Curriculum, has contracted with Pearson Education, the same company that graded the notorious SAT essay, to grade the essay portions of the Common Core tests. Some students throughout Massachusetts just took the pilot test, which wasted precious school time on an exercise that will provide no feedback to students or to their schools.

A center for research into Self-Organized Learning Students at a School in the Cloud lab in India investigate a big question on their own in a SOLE. At the newly-opened SOLE Central at Newcastle University, research will be conducted on this type of learning. Photo: School in the Cloud Picture a classroom teacher without a lesson plan — a teacher who instead asks students an open-ended question to explore: Can animals think? Did dinosaurs exist? What is a soul? Role of Robo-Readers I have increased the amount of writing in my high school World History classes over the last five years. At first, I required two DBQs per semester, then I increased that to four DBQs per semester. Next, I added a five-page research paper at the end of the school year.

6 Tips On Making Your eLearning Blog Look Good As Well As Help Readers Learn: Let’s Blog For Success! Blogs are a way to learn as well as market your content and invite the right kind of audience to see what you are all about. An interesting mix of content will keep your audiences entertained and engaged. And the way your eLearning blog looks and feels will make sure they think of you when they need your services. Most modern organizations are serious about the culture of continuous learning. The culture inculcates the thirst to know more and share it within the confines of the organization as well as beyond. Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor The word "rigor" is hard to avoid today, and it provokes strong reactions from educators. Policymakers tout its importance. Publishers promote it as a feature of their materials.

New Test for Computers - Grading Essays at College Level And then, instead of being done with that exam, imagine that the system would immediately let you rewrite the test to try to improve your grade. EdX , the nonprofit enterprise founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to offer courses on the Internet, has just introduced such a system and will make its automated software available free on the Web to any institution that wants to use it. The software uses artificial intelligence to grade student essays and short written answers, freeing professors for other tasks. Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment Providing students with feedback on written work can, at times, feel like a burden. Dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of papers clutter your desk, and commenting on each is nearly impossible. Still, we know, both from our experiences and from research, that feedback is essential. John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, believes that feedback must be timely, relevant, and action-oriented.

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