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Plagiarism prevention

In order to stop people from plagiarizing, the word must be clearly understood and defined. The complexity of plagiarism can be defined in many different ways but in layman's terms it is the act of stealing someone else's ideas or words and crediting it as your own. Although many instances of plagiarism are clear as day, that may not always be the case. Some students lack the knowledge to properly cite sources. Under these circumstances, it is important for the student to follow specific guidelines and teacher instruction. Proper citations are the golden ticket to avoiding plagiarism. To help discourage students copying the works of others, teachers must take responsibility for grabbing the attention of students. Teachers should motivate students to learn. Both Howard and WPA reflect on how distributing "generic assignments" encourages students to plagiarize. Teachers must begin reforming pedagogy to produce authentic works. Howard states, "We deprive our students of an authentic audience if we assign papers that are due at the end of the term and that the students never see again." A great way to avoid this situation is building a paper from the ground up. Meaning, start with a topic and gradually move from broad research to more specific. It is easier than ever to steal someone else's work and it's just as easy to pay someone to write it for you. Breaking down a paper into different steps simplifies the writing process and generates more creative thoughts. Multiple drafts, revisions, and feedback make up this process.  The need to "police plagiarism" would begin to disintegrate if teachers delivered more attention to these steps. Although most of my focus lies on the responsibility of the teachers, I believe students also have an important role to prevent plagiarism. Students must understand the severity of plagiarism and the consequences that follow. According to Howard, a reason related to students plagiarizing is because they "don't value the opportunity of learning." Sometimes it's easier to cheat than take the time to learn. I think teachers have the ability to change this mentality by reforming their teaching strategies and encouraging students to learn. These changes would essentially bring an end to the "plague" of plagiarism.

Learning how to “Google well”

Do we ever truly have privacy online? As technology advances, we must learn to adapt to these changes. Privacy begins to diminish with these advancements. Every picture or blog posted becomes a "footprint" which will follow us for years to come. Although we may change and grow as individuals, images and words linked to our online identity can be detrimental to our future. Future bosses have the ability to make judgment from these actions that could affect a potential job opportunity. As a society, we must learn to educate ourselves in order to have a more positive outcome. It is important to teach students how to properly use technological advancements to enhance networking abilities and connections. Knowing how to "Google well" is the key to protecting our privacy. The more aware of what we post on the web, the less we need to be private.  I believe it is our personal responsibility to protect our identity by expanding our knowledge of privacy issues and controlling what we allow on the web. If we allow the government to sensor our "footprints", we will essentially give up constitutional rights (freedom of speech).