The two following articles were submitted by Irvin Medina, student representative for the Technology Committee
Overview of PeerMark used in Turnitin.com
TurnItIn is a tool and program that allows students to check any written paper for plagiarism. Today, TurnItIn is used by thousands of students and faculty around the various institutions in the world. This program offers students a complete service that allows them the usage of different tools to aid them with their papers.
One of these tools is PeerMark, in which students are able to read, review and evaluate papers that were submitted by their classmates. Once students complete the PeerMark, students are able to read and review the comments that their classmates wrote about their work. It is up to the professor or instructor to decide if the assignment is going to be anonymous or not.
There are different steps/stages during the PeerMark. First, students need to submit their paper to TurnItIn. After this, the professor must open the PeerMark function and decide how many reviews each student needs to write. The PeerMark is only open for a specific and limited time interval. Within this interval students may work on their reviews by commenting on the papers responding to the questions that the professor or instructor gives for the assignment. Once the PeerMark due date passes, no additional reviews can be completed. Finally, after the PeerMark assignment is completed, students can begin reading the reviews that their classmates made about their papers and begin to improve them to increase the chances of a higher grade.
Student Technology Survey
Did you ever stop to think about the progress we have made in our technology? And if you did stop to think about this progress, a whole new generation of technology is out in the world. For this reason, technology has evolved into our daily lives.
Recently a group of Santiago Canyon College Students took a survey on the daily use of technology in the classroom. The purpose of this survey was to collect data on how technology has impacted the students’ academic success.
Here are the results:
The most common technologies used in the classroom are: computers, laptops, projectors, and the iPad.
The technology that students would like to use but don’t because it is not currently available to them are: iPads, flash drives, computers/laptops, smart boards, printers, microscopes, and recorders.
Student felt they could be more effective with their technology use if there were clearer screens for projectors, workshops for Microsoft programs to help teachers, permission from instructor to use portable electronic notebooks in class, more electrical outlets, and school IT department.
As technology continues to improve and evolve every day, schools world-wide are making an initiative to implement technology into the classroom. The results of this survey can provide the Technology Committee with information that it can analyze and discuss in its goal to promote technology to enhance student learning.
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