#4 Turnitin, Wikipedia team up on copyright


When looking for some latest news onTuritin I came across this news story.


I was at first a little horrified as I have always been told do not use Wikipedia as a source when researching papers. The information can be added by anyone and the content is not validated by anyone. How can you check a paper for plagiarism using an unreliable source?


What do you think of the two companies teaming up?

#3 Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

As a student of Syracuse University I have used Turitin to check papers and I have had instructors that have use Turitin as a tool for me to submit papers. While look for new information on the software I was interested when I saw a story from NPR about Turitin that a Syracuse University professor had commented on.




The points raised by both the Syracuse University professor and the professor from Stanford University are very interesting. Before researching Turinin I thought the software was a great was to educated students on plagiarism but after reading alot of articals I am now not so sure. What do you think?


#1 What is Turnitin

I did quite a bit of research for this post because  I wanted to find a discription of Turnitin that was not writen by the company. I thought the description below from Curtin University was very good.

What is Turnitin?

Contrary to popular belief Turnitin is NOT a plagiarism detection system. Turnitin is an text matching system only and does not evaluate the inclusion or accuracy of citations and references.

Turnitin is an electronic text matching system that compares text in a student assignment against a database of sources. The database contains copies of electronic text on the Internet, in published works, on commercial databases, and in assignments previously submitted to Turnitin by students in universities all over the world, including assignments obtained from internet sites that sell student papers.

Turnitin provides an Originality Report in which ‘matched’ text is underlined, colour coded, and linked to either the original source or a similar document on its database. The report also provides an indication of the proportion of the submitted work that matches other sources, this is the Similarity Index. It is important to be aware that Curtin does NOT define a ‘safe’ level for the Similarity Index nor is there a level that signals that plagiarism has occurred. The evaluation of plagiarism is an academic process that takes into account the evidence within the context of the specific assignment.

Have you as a student or a teacher had any experience with using Turnitin?

If you have never used Turnitin, after reading the description would you consider using it in the future?

Virtual Tools

I thought this story was really interesting, choosing the correct tool to make sure learning is achieved is key to providing a useful experience.



I did try to fine the research paper to see what the results of the studie were but could not see it on Penn States research page.


British Museum offers virtual reality tour of Bronze Age

The link below is to an article I found about the use of virtual tools in a museum, although this is not strictly a virtual museum because you have to visit the museum for this experience I thought this was a great way of using technology to bring history alive



With the technology available today you could in a small way in the classroom not just for history but also for other subjects. Can you imagine experiencing a volcanic explosion with out the danger, seeing the Great Barrier Reef even though you cannot swim or walking on the Great Wall of China in you classroom?

I am not a teacher but I am a parent and I think this would be of great values in the classroom, as a teacher do you see value in the investment of this type of technology?

Schools and museums

While looking at virtual museums I thought about how museums could use technology to bring alive the exhibitions to school students. I then remembered my daughter volunteered at the British Museum for a few months working in a new technology department. Samsung has partnered with the British Museum to create the Digital Discovery Center here is a link to the site: http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/samsung_centre/families.aspx

Do you think you and your students would find a trip to a local museum that had these facilities would be a good way to start a virtual museum project in the classroom.

Education in Virtual museum

When looking a virtual museums I think using them in education is a great way to involve people from around the world. As an educator how do you do this, I found this great resource on how to do you own virtual tour and how to access some of the virtual museum’s that are available.


If you are teaching a history or art class would you use this tool in your classroom?

Would you use the information  to have your student set up their own virtual museum?

What is a Virtual Museum

A Virtual museum is a digital recording of images, sound files, text documents, and other data of historical, scientific, or cultural interest that can be accessed through the web. Most of the virtual museums you will find on line are sponsored by museums around the world and are directly dependent upon their existing collections.

Why would you want to visit a museum on the web when you can just walk through the door and enjoy the experience? One of the uses of virtual museums is the bring the artifacts to the class room, if a teacher has a project on French art you can not just take the class to France for a field trip, but you can take your students there virtually. Virtual museums can also be a powerful tool for comparative study and for research into a particular subject, material, or locality.