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CLIP 9567

Catching the copycat

Catching the copycat
Key Info
  • Catching the copycat
  • Duration: 04:50
  • Plagiarism is when someone takes information from a source and puts it into their work without acknowledging where the idea or information came from. The internet has added to the problem by making it so easy to 'copy and paste'. Playing a huge role in stamping out plagiarism is sophisticated software that can detect when a student has used work that isn't their own. We conduct an experiment to test the software's effectiveness and ask Claire, a year 10 student, to deliberately copy extracts from ten different online sources for her essay on Julius Caesar. How many of these instances of plagiarism will the software detect?
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies


    The Role of the Media in Society

  • Keywords: copycat, plagiarism, copyright, referencing, copy and paste, copying from the internet, ICT, software, student, essay, copies, digital world, digitalworld, digitalworld2
Ideas for use in class
  • To prompt classroom discussion: Is it fair to take other people's work and pass it off as your own? Is it okay for teachers to scan your essays using software that then keeps copies of your essay? How should you correctly reference work taken from the internet?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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