At a glance headlines: November 21, 2013

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A study finding that a majority of teachers believe their students plagiarise, the 2,000,000th Raspberry Pi sold and a challenge future-gazing competition for students are among the Secd At a glance headlines for November 21, 2013.

Plagiarism fears

More than 92 per cent of educators believe that some of their students plagiarise according to a snapshot survey. The questionnaire by resource website PlagiarismAdvice.org found that a while 40 per cent believe that plagiarism is restricted to a small minority, a third fear it is an increasing problem. More than half of the respondents said they had encountered whole paragraphs which had been plagiarised, while 5.5 per cent said they had seen whole essays or pieces of coursework copied.

The findings come despite 92 per cent of the respondents saying that students do receive guidance about plagiarism and referencing, most commonly via study skills sessions. Meanwhile, the penalties for plagiarism ranged from detentions, decreased marks and repeating assignments to nothing at all. About half of the respondents said their institution used plagiarism detection software. One teacher told the study: “Plagiarism seems to be an increasing problem where students are not prepared to put time into research, and if they leave their work to the last minute.”

Pi milestone

The 2,000,000th Raspberry Pi has been sold since the computer’s launch in February 2012. The credit-card sized computer, which sells for around £30, has proven popular in schools as a simple and cheap way of teaching programming and other core computing skills – a key focus of the new computing national curriculum. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that the milestone was reached at the end of October. Visit: www.raspberrypi.org

Bett Birthday

More than £20,000 worth of classroom resources are being offered as part of the Bett Show’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The educational technology show launched as the Hi Technology and Computers in Education Exhibition in 1985 and Bett 2014 is its 30th event. To mark the landmark, a competition is inviting students to imagine what the classroom would have looked like over the last 30 years, or how it might look over the next 30 up until 2044. Prizes for two winning schools have been donated by Bett exhibitors. Bett 2014 runs from January 22 to 25 in London. Visit: www.bettshow.com/competition

Creativity courses

Five new free online courses aimed at developing the creative and digital skills of 14 to 19-year-olds have been launched by Adobe. Adobe Generation first launched in 2012 and this year’s courses kicked off on Tuesday (November 19) and will run until July 2014. Courses include video production, app design, photo imaging, games design and animation. Each course runs over a five-week period, with one live online session taking place every week on a Tuesday at 7pm. Visit: www.adobegeneration.com


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