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Dennis Harter

While our school uses one of these "detectors", I agree with your post in so many ways. I don't think that the detectors remove the teachable moment, because it still happens, it's just easier to detect.

We try to put some control in the student's hands by allowing them to submit their work themselves into TurnItIn, thus keeping tabs on themselves and whether they've cited sources appropriately.

But what I cannot argue for or defend is how often the "copy/paste" problem is a result of poor questionning and a poor assignment.

If children are not asked to think before they respond, then what they are responding to seems hardly worthwhile.

So how do we convince teachers with long careers to abandon the assignments that they hold so dear?

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