January 16, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

MLA Style Center Launches with Sample Papers and a Practice Template

Back in April, I wrote about the publication of MLA’s 8th edition and its significant shift in focus (Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition). The simplified approach is a response to the increasing mobility of digital texts and to what Tim Parks calls “an element of fetishism” that has “perhaps crept into what was […]

Give me some credit, please! (Exploring plagiarism through a series of clever case studies by Jen)

I am usually pretty darn proud of my MLIS students’ work.  In going through my grad students’ final workshop presentations this semester, I found one just too useful not to share.  So I asked for permission. Jennifer Bigioni is now the School Library Media Specialist at Princeton (NJ) High School. Designed as a professional development […]

Turnitin Study Shows Sharp Drop in High School Students’ Plagiarism

Turnitin today announced that an eight-year efficacy analysis shows that high schools using the company’s plagiarism prevention technology are currently experiencing at least a 33 percent drop in unoriginal content in their students’ writing. The study analyzes more than 36 million student papers from 2,862 high schools.