The war on cheating: Real talk about the copy/paste battle

Cheating is a BIG problem. There are even tech tools out there to help us catch students doing it. But what motivates a student to cheat?  And how do we create activities or assignments that are different enough to reduce cheating?

Cheating. It happens, a lot. A quick glance at another student’s test. Copying an entire page of math homework right before class. An internet search on the same topic assigned results in a copy and paste of a few paragraphs.

Many students do it and it’s a HUGE problem in education.

What can we do about it? Can we create lessons that reduce cheating even if that means giving up some of our beloved tried and true activities?

And how can we utilize the tech tools available to us to help get to the root of the problem?

In a recent chat the #DitchBook community got REAL about the war on cheating and how to battle the issue of copy/paste. They shared their thoughts on the problem and ideas for how to DITCH our old ways of teaching to create lessons that motivate, inspire and connect.

Check out their discussion in the summary of this week’s chat below!

Want to get in on the next #DitchBook Twitter chat?

Having trouble? Still unclear on how a Twitter chat works? Feel free to tweet to these #DitchBook ambassadors and they’ll help — Karly Moura @karlymoura, Sean Fahey @seanjfahey, Sandy Otto @sandyrotto, Rachel Marker @rachelmarker, Evan Mosier @emosier3, Mandi Tolen @TTmomTT, Craig Klement @craigklement, Tara Martin @taramartinedu, Krista Harmsworth @zonie71, Anne Kamper @annekamper, Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm, Lance McClard @drmcclard, Stephanie DeMichele @sdemichele or David Platt @herrplatt!

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Matt is scheduled to present at the following upcoming events:

 DateEvent / Event DetailsCity / More Info
+ 06/01/2018
MSD of MartinsvilleMartinsville, IN
+ 06/04/2018
Granbury ISDGranbury, TX
+ 06/05/2018
Columbus City SchoolsColumbus OH
+ 06/06/2018
School City of MishawakaMishawaka, IN
+ 06/07/2018
Lafayette eLearning ConferenceLafayette, IN
+ 06/12/2018
2nd Annual Learn, Explore, Adopt and Deliver (LEAD) ConferenceCleveland, OH
+ 06/13/2018
InnEdCoKeystone, CO
  Public Event
+ 06/19/2018
Tyler ISDTyler, TX
+ 06/20/2018
TransformED ConferenceWaco, TX
+ 06/21/2018
Barr-Reeve Jr/Sr High School- Washington Community SchoolsWashington, IN
  Public Event
+ 06/24/2018—06/27/2018
ISTEChicago, IL
  Public Event
+ 07/24/2018
Regional Math & Science ConferenceAmarillo, TX
+ 07/30/2018
Oklahoma City Public School Resource CenterOklahoma City, OK
+ 08/01/2018
Flipgrid Event + Evening Live StreamMinneapolis, MN
+ 08/02/2018
Virginia Beach SchoolsVirginia Beach, VA