- writing clearly
- using and applying technology
ProsBetween the accountability and valuable feedback, it offers students and teachers a positive way to get real about improving writing skills.
ConsOnly schoolwide accounts are available, so individual teachers can't subscribe on their own; overall design could be improved a bit.
Bottom LineBeyond the convenience factor, it's almost a necessity for the teaching of writing in today's digital world.
The dashboard shows classes, assignments, student information, and data about submitted papers. Teachers can evaluate work, view reports, and communicate with students.
Common Sense Reviewer
Paper-free submission, grading, and feedback are great. While design is clean and user-friendly, the site could use more pizzazz to help students stick around, and perhaps extend learning, after they finish required work.
Teachers can give more in-depth feedback with all the time save not shuffling papers. Students are empowered to improve writing through peer-feedback and teacher comments. Classes interact socially through discussion boards.
Extensive help and training is available through the site. Rubrics, aligned to the CCSS, are included -- teachers can also create and add their own rubrics.
While ELA and Social Studies teachers may get the most out of the service, teachers in any content area will find it a helpful tool for assigning and evaluating students' writing. Have students submit papers, then assign a peer evaluation project -- students can then revise using peer feedback before submitting a final draft. Teachers can use the interface to communicate with students via email or through the discussion forums.
The Discussions feature is a powerful tool for generating student interest in topics of depth and complexity. While engaging and empowering some of your more introverted students -- or those who may just be reluctant to share out loud in class -- the forums can also be a great way to encourage positive digital citizenship.
Tip: Make sure your students register using an email address and password that they're sure to remember.Read More Read Less
Available through schoolwide subscription, Turnitin is an online plagiarism detector, as well as an electronic grading and feedback system for students' writing assignments. As teachers create assignments, students submit files from a computer or a cloud-based service like DropBox or Google Drive. Turnitin checks each assignment for plagiarism (or improper citation) using its OriginalityCheck system; assignments can also be peer- or teacher-evaluated using the PeerMark and GradeMark features. There's also a forums section for hosting class discussions, with customizable moderation levels.
The OriginalityCheck feature checks student papers against a massive database of content, with detailed similarity reports for teachers. The GradeMark feature lets teachers use their own rubrics or select from a vast library of pre-loaded ones. Feedback can be given using pre-made or customizable markings; teachers can also attach comments to specific parts of students' papers.
- Turnitin claims its OriginalityCheck database checks student work against more than 300 million student papers and more than 130 million academic texts, as well as a better part of the Web.
- A companion iPad app allows teachers to grade on the go; using the app, teachers also have the option to leave voice comments.
- The Discussions feature has options to allow flexibility for a variety of engaging uses.
Without taking the teacher's place, Turnitin provides all the right support as teachers help students in the writing process. The plagiarism scanner works amazingly well -- it's an invaluable resource in the digital age. Originality reports are easy-to-read, (usually) appear within minutes of a submission, and offer links to original sources. Perhaps more important, the system catches work that hasn't been properly paraphrased or quoted, offering opportunities to re-teach and reinforce these valuable skills.
While some may still prefer the human touch of pen-and-paper marking, Turnitin offers a great way to give students detailed, constructive feedback -- without having to lug around stacks of papers. The PeerMark feature engages students in ongoing self-assessment as they pick up important online-collaboration skills. The Discussions tool can allow for anonymity, while also ensuring that students are held accountable. Within that tool, however, it would be great if Turnitin could tweak the design, as it can sometimes be tricky to delineate the flow of certain conversations between students. In terms of support, Turnitin offers thorough FAQs, videos, and even in-person trainings to help you make the most of this powerful tool.Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using Turnitin
- Great tool for peer and instructor evaluation of writing4January 6, 2016
- Excellent tool for marking, not just checking plagiarism!Tony D.
Singapore5June 16, 2015
- TurnItIn Makes Turning in Your Assignment a Moment of Anxiety ... Or Maybe Not!Chris C.
Concordia International School Shanghai
China4April 5, 2015
- For more than just originality checks; I use this for very use-friendly, streamlined classroom discussion boards.Dena L.
Diamond Bar High School
Diamond Bar, CA5January 11, 2015
- Powerful tool to manage writing in any content area and teach academic integrityLisa G.
Marina Village Middle School
El Dorado Hills, CA5September 21, 2014
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