• Summer Promptastic: Learning in Unexpected Ways

    Ah, the summer! As students shift into their summer experiences, challenge them to keep growing and learning. This month’s prompt ideas focus on learning in unexpected ways—particularly from unexpected people.

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  • Teaching With Technology: Empowering Students to Take Control of Their Own Learning

    “I like to imagine an ideal world in which I would be able to sit side-by-side with each student in my class at the same time and make thoughtful, helpful comments to move their writing forward,” says Susan Van Doren. Van Doren, a George Whittell high school English educator, describes her experience working with students throughout the writing process in an article published in edtechdigest, titled (Not So) Rough Drafts. She speaks to the teaching challenges many educators face and how technology, namely Turnitin Revision Assistant, is aiding the process.

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  • Turnitin Marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day

    Yesterday, Thursday May 19, marked the fifth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). A worldwide event highlighting how disabled users engage with technology, GAAD is something we at Turnitin have been proud to be involved in for several years running. The purpose of GAAD is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities. GAAD promotes awareness and encourages involvement in the community, and emphasizes Turnitin’s commitment to addressing accessibility needs through the services we provide.

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  • Promptastic: Discovery and Reflection in Student Writing

    Your students are looking out the window at the beautiful sunshine that May brings. Summer vacation is on their mind and keeping their attention this time of year is rough.

    We’ve gathered some ideas to keep them intrigued and give them the chance to reflect on this past school year. As you know, reflection ensures that what students have learned will make a lasting impact. It also shows them that, through writing, they may discover more about themselves and the world around them.

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  • How Not to Teach Writing: Literary Playdough, Six Points of Soul, and Assessments That Make Me Queasy

    This article was written by Kolby Kerr, sponsored by Turnitin, and originally published on

    I teach writing, which means I’m charged with assessing and instructing in a discipline often viewed as hazy or mystical. The underlying standard—the ideal essay—is more elusive than the value assigned to ‘x’, the date of the Confederate surrender, the atomic weight of cesium.

    It doesn’t have to be that way, of course. The Greeks, the Romans, and—later—the educators of the Renaissance understood writing as a precise rhetorical opportunity that called for the deployment of finite, transmittable forms. Shakespeare most probably learned by memory the several hundred syntactical constructions of a metaphor.

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  • Promptastic: Promoting More Thoughtful and Polished Drafts

    April is a time to think of Mother Nature! Not only is April symbolized by rain showers and budding flowers, but it is also the month we celebrate taking care of the Earth. The following prompts will get you and your students thinking about nature—especially its power over even our best laid plans. Enjoy getting your students to think deeply about this ancient conflict of humans versus nature.

    These Turnitin Revision Assistant™ prompt ideas offer students an opportunity to receive custom holistic and targeted feedback, helping them improve as writers and critical thinkers.

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  • 8 Webcasts to Help Students Write Better | Writing X Tech 2016

    During the week of April 18-22, we will be hosting our annual, spring virtual conference, which will showcase a week of webcasts that feature thought leaders, industry experts and champion educators.

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  • Turnitin Support Wizard and Onboarding Resources

    Turnitin is excited to announce new self-service features that make guidance more accessible to Turnitin users and improve how users get started.

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  • Finding Integrity Beyond Integrity

    This article was written by Sean Tupa, Manager of Education Programs and Research at Turnitin, and was originally given as a speech at the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).

    The term “integrity,” especially in the context of “academic integrity,” is typically uttered from a defensive standpoint. For example, integrity is meant to be counterposed to the act of cheating, and of plagiarism. Integrity is mostly associated with terms like honor, honesty, and transparency. This is commonly understood, and for a good reason because, I believe, at least, these associations are good and true.

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  • Four Tips to Transform Your Students' Writing—and How You Assess It

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    This article was written by Sean Tupa, Manager of Education Programs and Research at Turnitin, and originally published on

    What do comedian Mindy Kaling, billionaire Elon Musk and entrepreneur Anant Agarwal have in common? They all understand the importance of feedback.

    Feedback is crucial for all students in all subjects, not just TV comics and business magnates in-the-making. And it’s at the very heart of learning how to write. Thoughtful and effective teacher responses lead students to a greater sense of self-efficacy and engagement, and an increased willingness to take risks. And yet, teachers are often unclear on how best to offer writing feedback and, more importantly, how to teach students to give meaningful feedback to themselves.

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