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  • TAs: The Unsung Heroes Using Turnitin

    Turnitin is used by 15,000 institutions across the globe. Typically, when we characterize individuals using Feedback Studio or Revision Assistant, we talk about educators and students. But, digging a little deeper into that educator category, we find that there is a group of unsung heroes using Turnitin’s solutions: Teaching Assistants. In celebration of National Teacher Week, we seized the opportunity to speak with three TAs from UCLA to shine a light on the important role they play in an undergraduate’s educational experiences.  

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  • Top Ten Things No One Appreciates About Teachers

     

    Students and families may not know that there is more to teachers than meets the eye. In celebration of National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week here in North America, we here at Turnitin brainstormed all the amazing things that educators do daily that go unnoticed. And while we could fill a novel, we narrowed it down to a list of the Top Ten Things No One Appreciates About Teachers. And just maybe, you’ll take a moment to appreciate a teacher in your life who has worked hard behind the scenes, without pomp and circumstance, to get the job done.

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  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent-Teacher Conferences

     

    When I first started teaching, parent-teacher conferences were my worst nightmare! Now after years of practice, I actually enjoy them and look forward to uninterrupted time with parents.  When preparing for parent-teacher conferences, it helps to understand the positive aspects of the meeting for parents. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity to celebrate their child; second, conferences help parents to feel more connected to the teacher and the school community and third, it’s a chance to recognize that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that educators and parents are on the same team to help the child feel confident, grow and succeed. 

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  • Our commitment to data privacy: Turnitin and GDPR

     

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s new data privacy regulation, will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will have an effect on all organisations and individuals who live or operate in the EU.

    The GDPR regulation represents the most revolutionary shake-up of data protection law in the EU in over 20 years. Why is that? It has a broader scope, contains stricter standards, and is accompanied by significant financial penalties. It sets rigorous conditions on the use, process, and export of personal data in an attempt to strengthen individuals’ rights.

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  • Originality in Poetry

    Happy National Poetry Month from Turnitin!

     

    To be original and unique,

    Whether it’s written or when you speak,

    Choosing words that rhyme or flow,

    Is always a great way to go.

     

    It’s extra special in the USA

    Because today is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

    A chance to choose some festive words

    (Perhaps some new and some you’ve heard)

    And share them with all the folks around

    In your school or in your town.

     

    So, in celebration of poetry

    Scroll down and below you’ll see:

    A collection of resources for modern times

    To jumpstart your rhythm and spice up your rhymes.

     

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  • Originality in Coding

    Coding is a unique art form in that, in many cases, there is a universally best or singular way to do something. Where other types of artists play with and break the rules of their craft, programmers are often more limited in the rules they can break. There are many ways to paint a beautiful sunset and writers can choose from an endless list of words to describe a scene. But coders? They have a best (or perhaps only one) way to declare a variable.

    And while this may make programming seem like a less creative craft, that’s actually far from the truth. Programmers are constantly flexing their genius and finding new solutions for their problems.

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  • A Message about Service Interruptions from CEO, Chris Caren

    Dear Customers, 

    I am writing to address the recent interruptions in service you have experienced when using Turnitin’s products. I appreciate you taking the time to contact our Sales, Customer Success, and Support teams about the issues that you have been encountering. They have been surfacing your frustrations and concerns to me directly. I want to let you know that I hear you, and I am actively working with my leadership team to improve your experience with Turnitin.

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  • Apps and Resources for Students on the Spectrum

    April is World Autism Month, helping to spread awareness about a disorder that affects around 1 in every 160 children worldwide. While there is still so much that can be learned about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), new resources and technology for students on the spectrum continue to support their growth and learning. Below are a few of the best apps and resources to help families and educators in the Autism/Asperger community.

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  • Top Ten Reasons to Love a Library

    Did you know that Americans check out more than 2 billion items each year from their public libraries? It’s true! Over 68% of the people in this country have a library card. In celebration of National Library Week here in the United States, we’ve crafted the Top Ten Reasons to Love a Library.

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  • Plagiarism and Robotics

    Though humans have sought ways to automate common tasks for thousands of years, the science of robotics is still a fairly new field. The term “robot” was coined in 1920 by playwright Karel Capek and the first industrial robots began to make their appearance in the 1950s.

    However, despite its young age, robotics has become one of the most important fields of research. When combined with artificial intelligence, it has the potential to revolutionize nearly every aspect of our lives.

    But, for all of the importance of robotics, there has been, surprisingly, very little conversation about plagiarism and copying in the field. Conversations about plagiarism and citation in robotics are complicated not just by the relative newness of the field, but by the nature of robotics itself.

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