This week in EDTC we studied different kinds of copyright infringement, and found ways to avoid it. I know that plagiarism happens often, but I think that a lot of it is due to confusion and ignorance of the rules and laws of copyrights. I don’t think I can overlook the idea of plagiarism in the special education classroom especially in the upper grades, so I have to make sure to explain the difficulties and circumstances even more often. I have to constantly look up how to cite certain types of text (i.e. Internet article, journal, video, etc.), so I know that it can be confusing for students. As stated in “Beat the Cheat: Teaching Students (and Parents) It’s Not OK to Copy” (Bochicchio, 2008), “Some students said they knew never to plagiarize from a book, but they didn’t think words published on the Internet were similarly protected.”
I’m still a little fuzzy when it comes to Paraphrasing. When are where do you use references? Where’s the fine line between paraphrasing, and writing your own thoughts and words after reading someone else’s writing. I say when in doubt… write it out, and cite it just in case. Where is the best APA referencing & citing guidelines information? I’ve found several online, but most are lacking specific details.
Bochicchio, K. (2008, June) Beat the Cheat: Teaching Students (and Parents) It’s Not OK to Copy. Edutopia Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/student-plagiarism-teacher-strategy