Sunday, August 5, 2012

Plag Tracker - Check Your Papers for Possible Plagiarism

Plag Tracker is a service that students can use to check their essays for possible plagiarism. To use the service students simply copy and paste text into Plag Tracker. Plag Tracker then scans it to find sentences and phrases that appear in other works on the web. If Plag Tracker detects a possible incidence of plagiarism, the link or links to the source is listed for students.

Plag Tracker does offer a "premium" service in addition to the free plan. The premium plan allows users to upload documents instead of copying and pasting text. The premium plan also promises faster scan times, but I didn't shell out the $15 to test that claim.

Applications for Education
The free version of Plag Tracker could be a good tool for students to use before they turn in a research report. Have students run their essays through it to make sure they haven't accidentally plagiarized or improperly paraphrased information they used in writing a report.

Click here for eight other resources for preventing and detecting plagiarism.

This Might Be the Easiest Way to Share Files Yet

I've tried a lot of free file sharing services over the years. Pastelink might be the easiest one to use yet. To share a file with Pastelink just drag it from your desktop to the Pastelink website. Pastelink then generates a URL that you can share through your favorite social networks or through email. You can send files up to 25MB in size without creating an account on Pastelink. If you register for a free account you can send files up to 2GB in size.

Applications for Education
If your students need to share large files with you or with each other, Pastelink could be tool for the job. Because it can be used without registering even students who don't have email addresses can use Pastelink to share files with you and with each other.

Try Ypix Me for Quick Image Sharing

Ypix.me is a simple service that you can use to share images with others. To use the service just upload a picture and Ypix.me generates a link that you can share via email or your favorite social network. If you're using Chrome or the latest version of Firefox you can simply drag images from your desktop to Ypix.me to share them.

Applications for Education
If your students are capturing images to use in multimedia projects and they need to share those images with others, Ypix.me could be a handy little tool for that purpose. No registration is required in order to use Ypix.me.

Click here to find seven tools for collaboratively creating image galleries.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Crowd Sourced Advice for New Teachers

A couple of years ago I surveyed readers to capture their best pieces of advice for new teachers. Back then 131 people replied and I published their advice in the slideshow that you see below. I would like to update the slideshow. If you have advice that you would like to share with new teachers, please complete the form below and I'll publish your advice in a new slideshow next weekend.




On a related note, Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways series includes a crowd-sourced slideshow of advice for getting to know your new class.

Week In Review - Spending Time With Teachers

Good morning from Maine where I'm relaxing for a day after a great week of working with teachers at Ed Tech Teacher workshops in Boston and at a Pearson OLE event in Phoenix. Both events were filled with enthusiastic teachers learning together and sharing ideas with each other. And I learned new things to that have me excited to share with all of you in the near future. This week I had some guest bloggers stop-in to share their ideas and experiences, I hope you enjoyed their insights.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Grading Made Easy with Diigo & Jing
2. Exploring the Olympics on Google Earth & Maps
3. Practice Piano with JoyTunes for iPad
4. Beyond the App - You Found an App, Now What?
5. A Short Review of the Nexus 7
6. The Collaborative Lecture: A Hybrid Approach to Learning
7. Website on Steroids - Creating a Powerful Blog


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