How I Use It
As a science teacher, one of the few writting pieces I assess are lab reports. Most of the people think as turnitin as a tool to check plagiarism mainly, but it has other features such as a marking tool and peer assessment. These are the powerful features I like about turnitin.
It takes time to create a set of bank comments and rubrics, but once they are done, they can be imported or exported, therefore easy to share in the department with the colleagues. Also, you can link comments with the rubric to determine a final grade based on percentages or marks. I used it to mark MYP and DP work, and it is fantastic, as basically is click and drag comments from your bank. In a long term, it saves a lot of time to us.
Good things: all the works is centralised in one place, where teachers/students/parents can have a look anytime. Good comments/feedback are visible in the screen clearly and if printed as pdf, also very detailed. Rubrics and comments can be created and shared easily and students can see them when they receive a specific mark/final grade. Grades/marks can be transferred to a mark book. Peer assessment is a nice activity to do, as they can compare my marks with the one given by a peer. If they are similar/close, it means they understand the rubric well and how they have been assessed.
Negative things: getting around there, creating your classes, setting assignments, etc. can be tedious, but once you get familiar, it's a good platform. The marking tool is an extra cost, and it depends on the numbers of licences you need.
As a teacher, it saves me a lot of time when marking, once you create your comments and rubrics. The option to do peer assessment is great, as it provides me information if they understand the rubric and how they have been assessed.
The feedback you provide to students is very detailed, clear and simple, as it's basically dragging comments (previously done) where need it, or make/add new comments. Therefore, it is very constructive. Also, for me as a science teacher and teaching kids for 3 years in a row, I can see the progress after time, as the students are more familiar with the rubric/comments, and they can go back to see the feedback they got in the last lab report before submitting a new one. therefore avoiding mistakes they had in the past, as the rubrics for lab reports are the same.