Detecting Plagiarism

csp-unit-3

#1

I assigned the creativity activity at the end of Unit 3 Lesson 7 to do a free drawing. A few of the drawings look “too good” and I suspect the students got code from elsewhere. Is there a way to confirm this? Look at their version history?


#2

@grissom App Lab does not have a feature like Turn It In, where we can look for plagiarism.


#3

I also look at their version history - I just have them bring up their computer and show their version history to me. I have also verbally quizzed students on “hey, what does THIS part to” if it looks really too advanced.

BUT, I would say 3/5 times, the kid has just spent a lot of time researching and got excited about the project. So, it is possible that it is their own work…


#4

I agree, sometimes it looks “too good”. But I also have to say that I check at least once each day or every other day by walking around or checking in code.org to see their progress. Especially on some of the more detailed work. Like Unit 3 Lesson 10. Getting out to see what they are doing also builds classroom community.
Checking version history in a pinch also works.