The end of the year is busy, and I can never write as much as I want
. Last week on three occasions teachers came to my office to discuss Turn It In (TII).
The teachers felt that there was an anomoly in the report that TII produced. They wanted to know if
TII could be tricked. I told them, YES, any security or logic system could be beaten.
The problem was the teachers, all young tech savvy and intelligent, felt helpless to act.
I said the same thing to all of them,”TII is a tool. If you sense something is amiss then it probably is. So do what you would do if TII did not exist.”
Technology can hinder you at times.
I am not a fan of any solution that dehumanizes any process that is innately human. The best way to check for plagarism is to know you r students’ voice.
In WWII code breakers could tell a morse code operator by their rhythm, or fist. I think we all could agree that breaking encrypted enemy code is far more difficult than knowing a student’ s writing style. Yet we are losing the simple discipline of this skill.
I think everyone needs to stop relying on TII. Mark my word it is going to fail and embarrass many fine people.
If you email me privately I will explain how to beat TII.