Guest classroom practices blog post written by David Sawyer, AP English Literature/British Literature at Brentwood Academy
I am technological troglodyte. I don’t use social media, I don’t have a smart phone, and I text as often as two or three times a year. When it comes to trying new computer programs, I have the attitude of a hobbit: I don’t like adventures and view all passing wizards and software enthusiasts with suspicion.
Yet here I am, several years into an unexpected journey with Turnitin that has turned me into an advocate for this service and into our school’s Turnitin administrator. The initial attraction was the powerful appeal of a reliable way of curbing plagiarism. The first year I used Turnitin, I showed my students what Turnitin tells me about their papers and they were awed. They realized that I now had a sophisticated tool that was much more reliable than my own nose when something smelled fishy about a paper.