Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding plagiarism is essential in assignment assessment and grading. For teachers and students both, issues with plagiarism may be more difficult to solve than they seem. Unicheck is a plagiarism detection software that helps teachers detect similarities in the text, and that enables students to pay attention to the authenticity of their work.

Unicheck is an online, cloud-based plagiarism detection software used by k-12 and higher ed educational institutions worldwide. The system finds similarities across the web index and open source repositories, as well as comparing submitted assignments to prevent peer-to-peer plagiarism.

The checker was specifically created for educators, and is able to recognize citations and references in the text. It presents the results in an easy-to-navigate report that can be downloaded as a PDF file. Recently, Unicheck made its main function free-of-charge for all educational institutions in many countries.

Developing Critical Thinking

StudySync uses multimedia content, instructions and text materials, and can be used as a basis for creating lesson plans to boost critical thinking. The subjects include, but are not limited to, History, Science, Art, and Technology.

The educator can navigate the units by theme (including fiction and nonfiction texts); use instructions for classrooms; and first-read assignments, videos and multiple-choice questions. The thematic units can help assign students writing prompts in the narrative, explanatory, or argumentative way.

Extending Knowledge and Vocabulary

Good news for all Shakespeare fans: now they can access Shakespeare’s Library‘s website, which features historical documents, pictures and a collection of artifacts.

The teachers can use the website for practice assignments as content is already divided into units and lessons. The learning modules, along with the archives of about 600 items that focus on the classic text analysis, can gradually extend the active vocabulary of students each time they practice, read and analyze.

Creative Commons-licensed texts can also be downloaded for classroom reading. Aside from lessons, teachers can use the podcasts and audio and visual materials and resources.

Learning How to Listen

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Improving listening comprehension of material is the aim of the Listen Current educational website. Public radio stories of the past and present provide great support for all who are learning how to process information audibly.

Some of the podcasts feature questions and extension activities for students. The site can be used for supplemental activities providing audio material to the units. Teachers can also make good use of the listening guide and discussion guide. The teacher can single out the particular story to make it the basis for classroom discussion, or assign rendering of the material discussed in the podcast.


High school ELA demands a lot of independent work when it comes to literature, self-expression and writing. Activities that incorporate interactive tools and apps can incite motivation, develop critical thinking and encourage creativity in students.

About the Author:

Nancy Lin is an enthusiastic school teacher from Kansas City.