Help!! 32 Handhelds and Two Months to Show Relevance in Education!

Over the past year I have been looking into augmented reality and how I can develop this medium for the classroom.  I have discussed this before in my blogs multiple times. (See links below.) At this point I have been lucky enough to convince my district to pilot 32 HTC Touch Pro 2’s in my classroom.  These devices will run windows mobile 6.5 and Goknow mobile software.  The district is going to pay for the data plans through Verizon.  This will allow me to begin to develop different types of augmented reality learning environments for my students.  At the present I see that I will use Mscape and Goknow, including  their multiple applications that they provide  with their service, to begin creating these learning environments.  The purpose of this blog is to asked others what have you used to create these type of learning environments?  Also what are your experiences using augmented reality in the classroom?  Since this is a pilot program that is getting started late in the year I don’t have much time to convince my district of the validity of these types of learning environments.  So any help here would be great so that I can prove the worth of these devices and be able to retain them for the upcoming school year.

  1. Augmented Reality How do you use it?
  2. Augmented Reality Lesson Plan “History Detectives”
  3. Augmented Reality with Bing Maps The Wave of the Future?
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Plagiarism: Learn by Doing – Resources to Help Your Students! (Updated)

Over the past week, I have been receiving projects and papers from students.  During this process, the dreaded plagiarism issue has reared up its ugly head.  Having spent sometime on this issue with my students, I began to wonder what else I could do to help my students understand the issue of plagiarism, so I began looking at different plagiarism services on the web.  This was not for me to detect plagiarism, but for the students to use to check their own work.  Much of what I am seeing from my students is that they truly believe that they are not plagiarizing, so this list of resources I have put together below are for students and teachers to use to check their work prior to turning in their assignments.  This will provide a great learning tool about plagiarism for the students.  This way student will learn by doing and can begin to see what truly constitutes plagiarism.

If you know of a site, I missed please let me know. Thanks!

Plagiarism Links

FREE Services

  1. Article Checker: http://www.articlechecker.com/ This site will check content by pasting either content or a web address into its search boxes.  This is a free service.
  2. Dupli Checker: http://www.duplichecker.com/ Again, a simple site where you just paste in your content and it will check that content for plagiarism.  This is a completely free site.
  3. Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/ A free service that checks content for plagiarism.
  4. Doc Cop: http://www.doccop.com/index.html?nc=91412695 You must register and provide an email for them to send you the results. You can upload .doc and .pdf files as well as upload websites. This service will also compare student work to each others to look at collusion.
  5. Plagium: http://www.plagium.com/ Another free service that allows you to cut and paste material on to their website.
  6. WCopyfind: http://plagiarism.phys.virginia.edu/Wsoftware.html This is some free software that mainly looks a collusion.  You must have content accessible via your computer. This program will not search the web.
  7. SafeAssign: http://wiki.safeassign.com/display/SAFE/Home This is a service free of charge for Blackboard users.
  8. Crossrefme: http://www.crossrefme.net/ This is a service offered by plagiarism.org.  Again, this is a free cut and paste service that searches the web to look for similar content.
  9. PlagiarismChecker.com: http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/ Another cut and paste service that uses Google and Yahoo option in their search function.
  10. Searchmaze: http://searchmaze.com/plagiarism.html Free cut and paste search application to detect plagiarism.

FREE and PAY Services

  1. The Plagiarism Checker: http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker Created by the University of Maryland, simply cut and paste content into this webpage, and it will check for plagiarism. There is a free option and a more advanced option for $15.00 a month.
  2. PlagiarismDetect.com: http://www.plagiarismdetect.com/ This site offers different services for check papers and content for plagiarism.  It ranges from a free service to a one time fee of $29.99.
  3. SeeSource.com: http://plagscan.com/seesources/plagiate.php They offer a free service that allows you to upload word and text files to be scanned.  They also have a link to pay service that is more robust located at: http://plagscan.com/
  4. Glatt SelfTest: http://www.plagiarism.com/self.detect.htm This is a simple self check to cut and paste your content in, and it will check it for plagiarism.  To obtain your own copy of this program it is $65.00.
  5. PaperRater: http://www.paperrater.com/ This site has a free and a pay service to look over papers for students.  This site checks plagiarism as well as other writing conventions.
  6. EssayRater: http://www.essayrater.com/?gclid=CLu5pJqqhaACFRcdawodrB35lw Great service for high school students to check their essays not only for plagiarism but word choice, spelling, grammar and other conventions.

Pay only Services

  1. Turnitin: http://turnitin.com/static/index.html This is a service that provides entire schools and individuals a plagiarism service.  If you contact them via their website, they will quote you a price for their service.
  2. Viper: http://www.scanmyessay.com/ This is a program that you download to your computer to check content for plagiarism.  There are three different plans to choose from each offering different services. This site is geared toward college students.
  3. Eve2: http://www.canexus.com/ This is a software package that has a one time fee of $29.99.
  4. Plagiarism Finder 1.2.2: http://download.cnet.com/Plagiarism-Finder/3000-2051_4-10294099.html This is a software download that gives you a 30 day trial but costs $125.00

Good Plagiarism Information Sites

  1. Plagiarism dot Org: http://www.plagiarism.org/ This site provided great information on plagiarism and is a great resource for students.  Also, they do provide a service that will check papers for students for a fee. This service is called “Writecheck” located at: http://writecheck.turnitin.com.
  2. Plagiarism on the Web: http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~angie/plagiarism/plaglinks.htm There is a great list of resources here for students and teachers to use when discussing plagiarism.
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