Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Tricks for Catching Plagiarized Assignments
Google Knows Everything!
Revision History in a Google Doc
If your students have completed the assignment in Google Docs, then you have a powerful tool at your disposal. Check the Revision History! At the top of the Doc, there's a faded gray sentence that says, "Last edit was made by..." which is a link that brings up the Revision History. If you look at the bottom of the sidebar, there's a "Show More Detailed Revisions" button. That provides a list of edits for the entire document after each save. If a student goes from no paragraphs to 3 paragraphs in about a minute, you know there's some copying and pasting happening!
I covered this in last week's Ed Tech Tips, but this is an extension if you want to see what types of revisions have taken place on a Google Doc. Once you enable the Draftback extension, it will continuously play back all of the revision edits that were made in a Google Doc without having to click each revision. This will even show what was typed and what has been copied and/or pasted in a Doc. Another helpful feature for student accountability.