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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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  • Turnitin Academic Integrity Summit: Contract Cheating

    Turnitin is hitting the road! We’re alarmed by the rise of contract cheating, and we need your help. Have you or your faculty ever suspected your students of contract cheating? How often do you think it is occurring? How are you responding to these allegations? The Turnitin Academic Integrity Summit aims to address these questions and help inform the future of contract cheating management.

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  • The Power of Presentation Skills

    Cultivating confidence and calm when speaking to an audience is important for students and teachers alike. Public-speaking ability can make the difference between a successful presentation and a throwaway, with only a few adjustments needed to tip the scale. Below are a few helpful tips for students and educators in honing the power of presentation skills.

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  • 5 Tips to Make the Most Out of Student Writing Data

    With teacher and class level data now available in Revision Assistant’s Administrator Usage Report, you have even more writing performance data at your fingertips. But simply obtaining high-quality quantitative information is only half the battle when it comes to leveraging data for decision-making and instruction. Now that you have objective and consistent data on student writing progress at the district, school, teacher, and class level, what can you do next?

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  • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Plagiarism

    In 2016, the Washington Post used an artificial intelligence reporter, Heliograf, to write some 300 reports from the Rio Olympics. In 2017, the newspaper used it to write some 850 other reports, which combined for more than 500,000 clicks.

    As impressive as Heliograf may be, its main skill is taking data-driven stories, such as high school football games or election stories, and crafting short blurbs about them. In general, these are stories that the newspaper would not or could not have assigned to a human reporter but nonetheless wanted to include in their publication.

    Still, if an AI writer is good enough to draft articles for a major newspaper, clearly it’s just a matter of time before students are able to use AI authors to help them complete assignments the same way some turn to essay mills or other ghost authors now.

    But while the day may come when a student uses an essay bot to crank out a paper for class, that day is likely a long way off right now.

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  • Math Lessons and Journaling

    An increasing number of math instructors are utilizing writing, specifically math journaling, to enhance student learning. From Pre-K to graduate school, educators see the benefits of cross-subject lessons that encourage students to reflect on their mathematical processes. With writing, they think more deeply about the steps they took to solve a problem, the mistakes they may have made along the way, and how they can approach similar or different challenges down the road.

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  • Fearless Female Authors

     

    The courage, strength, and resilience of the female spirit are extraordinary. In celebration of International Women’s Day—and to kick off US National Reading Month—Turnitin has compiled a list of just a few of our favorite fearless female authors. These women and their stories have inspired us, empowered us, and guided us on our journey in many meaningful ways. Take a look below at the names and books that have been shared and loved throughout our company. Who knows? You might end up expanding your reading list and finding your own inspiration and courage.

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  • Strategies and Resources for Resilient Learners

    When things don’t go according to plan, how do we learn to keep going? More importantly, how can educators help to nurture resilient learners in the classroom?

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  • The Growing Need for Digital Literacy

    It’s no secret that the bulk of research is now being done online, both in and outside of the classroom. Whether you’re a student, instructor or researcher, there’s no faster or easier way to get the information you want than to head to the web. But just because the internet has improved access to information doesn’t mean it has filtered the quality of that information. While the web may put the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, it also opens up a new world of misinformation, falsehoods and outright lies.

    Though the term “fake news” has been in the public eye a great deal this past year, the phenomenon isn’t just limited to news. For any type of information one seeks out online, they can find both legitimate sources written by experts, or dubious sources with questionable information.

    This, in turn, makes digital literacy one of the most important skills that any student can be taught.

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