How College Professors Can Check For Plagiarism

College students are working harder than ever before and it’s just not academically – cheating is nearly everywhere on campus. More and more students have admitted that they’ve cheated at least once in their academic career. To combat the growing plagiarism problem, college professors are finding they need to get creative to check for plagiarism.

How Students Cheat

Gone are the days where students could only cheat by passing papers around between friends in student housing. The Internet has made sharing research papers easier than ever – even between students in different parts of the country who’ve never even met.

Students can now go online to any of a number of web sites dedicated to helping students share homework. These sites are free databases where it’s easy for students to find and download research papers on nearly every possible subject.

How Professors Used To Check For Plagiarism

Professors and their teaching assistants used to be limited to their own brains when they would check for plagiarism. They had to have read the paper before and remember it. If the student changed just a few words every few sentences, chances were that it wouldn’t be caught.

Since professors and teaching assistants typically read hundreds of papers every semester, it was nearly impossible to check for plagiarism and chances were good that the students would get away with a little plagiarism.

How A Plagiarism Detector Works

While the Internet has made cheating easier, it’s also created plagiarism checking software. Professors can hire a company to act as a plagiarism detector, easing their workload. Professors can upload any submitted work to an online server. The paper is then checked against the database of the plagiarism checking software.

A plagiarism detector needs to have a large database in order to be effective. The software should check against works published in magazines, journals and books, academic, legal and medical databases, as well as writings published online in blogs and message boards. After scanning the database, the plagiarism detector then sends a report to the professor.

A good plagiarism detector should be able to tell the difference between an intentional copy and an unintentional one. Some even have a setting to uncover if the student has taken an already used paper and changed a few words using a thesaurus. Some plagiarism checking software is even available for foreign language classes. Common languages like Spanish, German, French and Italian can be found.

Of course, the best software can’t check for plagiarism if it isn’t affordable for professors. It’s important to do a little research on the different services available and find one that’s affordable and effective.

Cheating is a growing problem, but it doesn’t have to be. Even the best professor can’t read everything ever published and that’s where a plagiarism detector becomes useful. The software allows colleges to check for plagiarism quickly, easily and inexpensively.…

Fatal System Errors in the US Education System

7 Reasons the US Education System Is Failing!

Recently, today actually, I saw a post of a video on Facebook that detailed simple questions posed to university students regarding BASIC social and historical facts, events and the people who govern our country. The results were astounding to say the least! Abject failure and an inability to name or identify ANY of the people, places and events. Let me repeat … NONE.

The formal education system in the US was designed to meet the demands of the industrial revolution by providing basic education to the masses. Pretty simple right? So why is it that we fail to recognize or refuse to acknowledge that the demands are different today? There has not been a calculable redefinition or evolution of the educational system since. This is scary as it will define the failure of our country step-by-step and bit-by-bit until we are reduced to a social collection of ignorance.

Let's examine the cause and solutions.

1. Closed for Business!

Schools find their existence tied to community standards and financial restraints based on the community support … or lack of. The result is that schools are closing at an alarming rate across the country. The decision to close a school rarely reflects the needs of a community or, more importantly, the needs of the students!

There seems to be less concern for the needs of the communities children's education than the economic demands of the location of the school or the resources available. Where is the federal government when this happens? Well, they are partly to blame. The government rhetoric details the need for affordable, quality education while they demand that school systems adhere to specific federal mandates that tie the school administration's hands to comply with political wants. So much for federal support.

2. Two-Gallons of milk in a one-gallon jug!

So, how many kids can you cram into a classroom and still teach effectively? That depends on whether you are looking to teach the children or be a daycare service. I know, pretty harsh but look at the function of schools today. They take your children and house them and feed them for about 6-7 hours a day. Mostly providing them with basic discipline and food that they rarely get at home! Oh yes, admin it. Teachers are required to discipline your children in a crowded atmosphere where safety is no longer guaranteed and education takes a back seat to providing basic needs that parents are unwilling to, uneducated to or unable to provide. Wait, what about education? Well, there is so little time for that that caring for them takes priority over teaching them.

Secondarily, because of the constitutions of federally-mandated guidelines, the children are taught in a cookie-cutter style standard of personality-limiting, creative-minimizing and individually-restrictive processes to get them to their adulthood. Basic education with basic performance that aligns children to basic standards that align with everyone else's basic needs. Sad because it is done in crowded classrooms where teachers …

Ohio Schools Award $4 Million to School Districts for Teacher Training in Mathematics and Science

In June 2006, the Ohio schools awarded more than $4 million in competitive grants to school districts across the state. The grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, and authorized by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The MSP grants, which are funded throughout the 2006-2007 school year, will give 1,800 teachers in high-need schools in Ohio the opportunity to increase their knowledge of mathematics and science. If MSP funding remains at current levels, the schools grants will be renewable through June 2009, ensuring professional development for as many teachers as possible.

The program partners colleges and universities with high-need school districts to provide the needed training. Their faculty members also will work with teachers to study techniques for implementing the recent Mathematics and Science Academic Content Standard within their students’ coursework. Most Ohio teachers were trained and certified to teach curriculum that focused primarily on arithmetic. Today’s student begins learning algebra, geometry, measurement and the basic concepts of data analysis in the very early grades levels.

The need, according to Susan Rave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction for the Ohio, is simple — strong mathematics and science skills are necessary for today’s students to compete effectively in tomorrow’s workforce. Teachers’ own skills and knowledge must be expanded upon in order to provide the students with an effective curriculum in these crucial subjects.

The Ohio schools received 24 proposals for the grants. The ten grants will address either mathematics development, science development, or a combination of both. The grants encompass partnerships between 15 college/universities and more than 100 high-need school districts within the Ohio schools.

Other Mathematics and Science Partnerships within the Ohio schools include The Mathematics Coaches Project, K-3 Mathematics: The Early Foundation, Middle Grade Mathematics: The Critical Bridge, and the Topics Foundational to Calculus.

The Mathematics Coaches Project. In partnership with Ohio University, mathematics faculty members train kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers to become coaches. They then coach other elementary teachers in high-need Ohio campuses, where student mathematics performance is low and the school is at-risk.

K-3 Mathematics: The Early Foundation. This program helps kindergarten through third-grade teachers obtain a deeper understanding of early-grade mathematics skills. Additionally, they are taught to use inquiry and concrete experiences of the children within their teaching.

Middle Grade Mathematics: The Critical Bridge. The Middle Grade Math program prepares Ohio schools fourth through eighth-grade teachers to help their students grasp the increasingly complex principles of mathematics. The program includes expanding the teachers’ knowledge and instructional approach.

Topics Foundational to Calculus. For eighth through twelfth-grade mathematics teachers, this program highlights the essential foundations of algebra, geometry and trigonometry for preparing students for calculus coursework.

Unlike previous statewide teacher development programs, the new Ohio schools initiatives emphasize sustained partnerships at the local level. They increase the training time frame to at least 80 hours in the first year and 40 hours in the second year. Programs now include measurements to determine changes in Ohio schools teachers’ content …

Climate Science and Global Warming

Rising sea levels are occurring as part of the climate changes we face on the Planet's latest cycle. This will become problematic as 50% of the human populations live by the sea. Many large cities are only less than 100 feet about sea level. Thirty percent of all the human population live only 50 feet above sea level. Cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Houston, etc. and that is only in the United States. What about Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing? We saw what recently happened when the Tsunami washed the ocean ocean onto land. Well, what happens when the ocean is higher all the time? We can forget most of Florida as the Giant Sand Bar state is drawn back into the sea. New Orleans is already under water; what about Boston, NYC and Washington DC area, are they not exactly high altitudes?

Some Global Warming alarmists are now thinking it is time to invest in House Boat Stocks and pick out a big ship to live on? Hello Water World? You probably have not been following by Bangladesh's largest island being being eroded now by higher seas. You might say so what? Well over half the island is eroded and 500,000 are homeless now. Indeed, not as bad as the 200,000 who were washed out to sea by the Tsunami and later found drown; but this is serious and the problems are becoming worse. The issues in Bangladesh are about 40 years or so in coming and are now getting much worse. River currents are also moving and strengthened by the increased tides and ocean heights.

You know we in the United States also have river mouths at the ocean, which can be problematic at times. Especially during severe storms or from Hurricanes; take for instance the Potomac and Chesapeake, which run up through Philadelphia, Maryland, Northern Virginia and Delaware. When a recent Hurricane came up only 10-foot rise raised havoc. Imagine that all the time and add in another 15 feet all the time, without any severe weather? Then take a severe storm of 10-15 feet raise? See Ya. Now look at places like San Francisco, Boston, LA, NYC, Long Island; hell, look at the entire Eastern Seaboard, Central Valley CA and Washington State Coastline? See the problem? Right now we see the 20 Typhoon seasons in the Asian Pacific and the issues with the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic on the South Southeastern coasts of South America and the islands, which are not over 15 feet in their inheritance. Tomorrow what will we see? You like Waikiki, Honolulu, and Maui; better go visit now before they are under water. At least that is what the Global Warming folks are saying. They are pointing to some good hard evidence not from a Climate Modeling Computer but from a real life observation of places on the globe where it is already started. Think about this or buy an escape …

Balance Your Health and Career to Achieve Success

Success is a word which is measured differently depending on who you speak with. The obvious links we associate with success are typically money, power, and fame. However, something extremely important seems to be missing from this list, and that is health. This article is about how true success comes from being healthy and active, which then leads to financial and career success. Here is how it can be accomplished and why everyone should be adhering to this.

The rat race. We live in a society of fast actions, hard deadlines, and never ending traffic. Most people are bustling about trying to get ahead. We get up in the morning, handle our routine and head out to the office; or simply work from home for those freelance entrepreneurs out in the work. It is very important to incorporate exercise somewhere throughout the day. Studies have shown that even fifteen minutes of light exercise like walking can improve our health veryly. You could go for a walk at lunch, or simply wake up a little earlier in the morning and hit the gym before heading to where you work from.

A healthy, non fast food breakfast is essential to health. If you put in processed foods into your system, you will burn out, and your body will not get the nutrients it needs to sustain an active brain and decision making. Coffee, caffeine and in some cases nicotine act like appetite suppressants and if abused can do more harm than good. It is important to make proteins are part of your breakfast diet. There are many options, regardless of your diet preference.

So far we have covered some basic habits, which seem commonplace, however in our busy schedules we often overlook these essential actions. So we have covered the need for breakfast and light exercise, but what happens once we reach our desks and start the routine of looking at a computer screen for hours?

Sitting is bad for us. We are designed to be bipedal upright creatures. Sitting for long periods of time stiffens our muscles, and is bad for circulation. Bad blood circulation is also bad for the oxygen levels in the brain, which are essential for focus and multi-tasking. Some workers have tried medicine balls which does improve our natural posture, but in truth the best solution is the standing desk option.

It is exactly as it sounds and a lot of companies are on board with this type of workspace. By standing you are keeping the blood flowing properly, and are actually burning calories. You will still need to take that 15 minutes of exercise but it is very good for you.

Why does being healthy cause us to be more successful? The answer is because health also brings along psychological benefits. Confidence, energy, happiness and accomplishment. Yes, you can attain those things through privileged gains, but at the end of the day personal health is linked to vitality. You want to accomplish a lot in this …

Education Will Make You Successful

In our society today, people believe in furthering their education in order to become successful. At the same time, everyday more and more young people drop out of school because they feel unmotivated and uninspired to keep on going with their school work. Every student has different problems to deal with in his / her life. Each student that drops out either loses interest in their education or has too much stress on their hands to balance school and other problems that they are facing. In order to better our society, the most useful career a young person could choose would be Education.

After getting a high school diploma, the best thing a person can do is go to college. For a young person, the best major to choose to help them in the future is education. Choosing education as a major would help our society by educating students on a subject that they have never introduced to before such as math, English, reading, math, and social studies. A young person has the choice to become either an elementary, middle, or high school teacher. An elementary teacher educates students in their basic skills such as math, reading, science, and social studies which paves the road for a student's future. The duties of a middle school teacher are to further the learning of the basic studies for a better understanding of a subject. Being a high school teacher means that you are responsible for helping a student get to the point of graduation. Their duty is to make sure that all of their students reach that point and to not let them drop out of school.

An education is looked upon as a discipline. It shows how self-disciplined one is by going to school and making it to graduation. School is one of the best places to learn how to be independent and dependent at the same time. A student learns to be independent by learning how to believe in themselves by doing their homework and showing up to school to learn. Students learn how to go on with their day in school on their own by not having their parents around. Not only does a student become independent but also dependent. A student becomes dependent on their teachers.

Choosing education as a major would not only help the students in the school but it would also help themselves in becoming more efficient in a subject. Becoming an educator not only allows someone to help other people but to inspire them also. They could help inspire and motivate students into furthering their education and showing them how having a high education such as a degree in a certain subject that they enjoy could get them far in life. Having an education is one of the most valuable things that one person could have and by majoring in education would not only affect them but also their community. …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Having a University Degree From an Online School

Education has become versatile in various ways. There are almost no barriers to obtaining education at any level. Having a University Degree is the desire of most people as it gives better employment opportunities in most cases, it also help to increase marketability of one’s skills. Given that there are certain talents which one may have but with a university degree it becomes harnessed and enhanced to secure some income or financial security. The cost of having online degree has been a long challenge for most people especially given that some families may not be able to afford the pay for the high tuition of such ventures however a lot of people do not give up on their academic pursuit while others have to do away with it if the funds are not forth coming.

Online education has come to the rescue of some working class people who will be able to obtain a university degree at the same time pay attention to their regular work in order to support the both their personal expenses and the tuition of obtaining the degree.

The following are some of advantages of having a university degree from an online school:

1. Online school provides a convenient academic environment: this is perhaps one of the most important aspects of the online school programs. Students have the learning convenience. all you have to do is to find out the program outline for your chosen course and follow it through without having to disrupt most of your already established schedules

2. When obtaining a university degree from an online school, you don’t have to quit your job especially if you need to work to earn the tuition. this opportunity to work and school has made it easier for people who would not have been able to pay for their tuition had they quit their jobs to go to a university

3. Online university degree matches exactly the same as any other degree. There is no indication that certificate obtained from an online school will identify you as having studied online. in fact the degree is exactly the same with the ones obtained from the conventional classroom system

4. The curriculum of online school is practically the same with those of any other conventional school.

5. Online university degree gives the holder an academic edge. you can compare your status when you obtain a university degree online with that time you did not have the degree at all. you will realize that the impact of the degree is very positive

In as much as the online university degree has several advantages, there are however a few disadvantages to note.

1. Online university degree may be considered of lesser value by some organizations. this may purely be due to organizational reasons

2. The usual student to student and/or student to lecturer interaction is often missing during an online program. it is undeniable that there are several impacts of face to face contact with study groups and class rooms, …

The Science Of Phobias

Here's how phobias work.

There are two parts to your mind – one that thinks, and one that feels.

The thinking part is the conscious, rational mind that you are using now as you read this.

The feeling part is the unconscious, emotional mind. It takes care of automatic tasks like regulating the heart, controlling pain and managing our instincts.

It's the unconscious mind that is programmed to act instinctively in times of danger. It reacts very fast – making you run or fight – rather than allowing your thinking mind to philosophize while you are attacked by a tiger. This has great survival value.

The unconscious mind is also a very fast learner. The same emergency route that can bypass the rational mind in times of danger can also stamp strong emotional experiences (traumatic ones) in the unconscious mind. This makes evolutionary sense – it ensures that we have vivid imprints of the things that threaten us.

And just as we have two minds, so we have two memory systems: one for the facts and one for the emotions that may or may not go with those facts.

Sometimes, when a person experiences a very traumatic event, the highly emotional memory of the event becomes trapped – locked in the emotional brain – in an area called the amygdala which is the emotional storehouse. There is no chance for the rational mind to process it and save it as an ordinary, non-threatening memory in actual storage (in the hippocampus). Like the memory of what you did last weekend.

Instead, the emotional brain holds onto this unprocessed reaction pattern because it thinks it needs it for survival. And it will trigger it whenever you encounter a situation or object that is anything like the original trauma. It does not have to be a precise match.

This is pure survival again. You only need to see part of a tiger through the bushses for the fear reaction to kick in again – for the "fight or flight" response to trigger – you do not have to wait until you see the whole tiger or identify it exactly as the tiger that attacked you before. In fact, it probably only has to be something orange and black moving through the bushes. This is why the pattern matching process is necessary approximate, or sloppy. You err on the side of safety. You do not have to have all the details to know if something is dangerous.

This is the basis of a phobia: a fear response attached to something that was present in the original trauma. The response is terror, shaking, sweating, heart pounding etc. And because of the sloppy pattern-matching it can get stuck to literally anything – animal, mineral or vegetable. It may not even be glued to the thing that caused the trauma. So a child attacked in a pram by a dog may develop a phobia of prams rather than dogs.

It is because phobias are created in this …

25 One-Liner Frog Jokes – Can be Used on Any Occasion

Frogs like any helpless animals have had a series of jokes told about them. They are probably not the funniest jokes ever told, but they can sometimes put a smile on the face of a frog collector. Sometimes, however the frog collector may not see the funny side. Here goes, have a laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously.

1. Why did the frog make so many mistakes? It jumped to the wrong conclusions.

2. What do frogs play at recess? Jumping jacks and leapfrog.

3. Why did the frog read Sherlock Holmes? He liked a good croak and dagger.

4. Who is smarter, a chicken or a frog? A frog of course

How do you know? Well, I’ve never heard of Kentucky Fried Frog.

5. What is a frog’s favorite snack? Cheese and croakers.

6. Why did the motorcycle rider buy a pet frog? To pick the flies out from between his teeth.

7. Why are frogs good at baseball? Because they catch a lot of fly balls.

8. Why does a frog stand in the outfield? So he won’t miss a fly.

9. What do you get if you cross a science fiction film with a toad? Star Warts.

10. What do you call a one hundred year old frog? An old croak.

11. What did the frog dress up as at Halloween? A prince.

12. Where does the frog borrow money? From the river bank.

13. Why couldn’t the snake talk? He had a frog in its throat.

14. Which frog has horns? A bull frog.

15. What is a snake’s favorite weather? Cool and froggy.

16. What is a toad’s favorite sweet? Lollihops.

17. What is a frog’s favorite cheer? Hop hop hooray.

18. What goes dot-dot-croak, dot-dot-croak? Morse toad.

19. How deep is a frog pond? Kneedeep, kneedeep

20. What do you call a frog with no legs? It does not matter – he won’t come anyway.

21. What’s green and dangerous? A frog with a hand grenade.

22. What’s white on the outside and green on the inside? A frog sandwich.

23. What does a bankrupt frog say? Baroke, baroke baroke.

24. What’s green, green, green, green? A frog rolling down the hill.

25. What is the thirstiest frog in the world? The one who drinks Canada dry.

Frog collectors of the world unite and enjoy your amazing collections!…

Inventors of Words – Neologisms in Science Fiction

Surely the most famous new word coated in science fiction is "robot", in the 1920 play by the Czech writer Karel Capek ': RUR ("Rossum's Universal Robots"). I do not know any Czech but I dare say "robot" comes from a root similar to the Russian rabotat , to work. Here, therefore, rather than a word that is completely invented from nothing. we have a new form of an existing word, expressing a new idea.

"Robot" is there before some way along the spectrum that extends from those neologisms which are merely convenient abbreviations (such as "mascon" for "concentratin of mass"), to really new words and ideas. (Of course a writer can also invent a new word to express an old idea, although this is usually rather pointless. I can not be bothered to look it up.)

Even if they are mostly mere abbreviations, new words can offer a new slant on previously expressed ideas.

Perhaps an example of this is "pauk", in Brian Aldiss' Hellliconia Spring . "Pauk" means "trance in which one can commune with the spirits of one's ancestors". Or in which one thinks one can …. for it is not clear, from the Helliconia trilogy as a whole, whether pauk is a genuine phenomenon of soul-contact or whether it is a mental illusion existing at a certain stage of society. The latter interpretation is suggested by the fact that the "spirits" of the departed apparently change in mood, from grumpy to sweet-tempered, as civilization advances.

A vaguer, but possibly more original term, is the Martian word "grok" in Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land . If you grok, you are tuning in to some ineffective wholeness; it is a mystical concept, perhaps too vague to be useful, but at least we can say in its favor, that no obvious equivalent previously in the English language.

Turning from the abstract to the concrete, a derivation of an existing word used for a new purpose is "drainer" in Robert Silverberg's A Time of Changes . A drainer is a member of a despised profession, a kind of secular confessor, to who one unburdens oneself verbally in private, in order to rid oneself of stress, in a culture which forbids the open use of the personal pronoun "I".

Jack Vance coined new words for the days of the week in Araminta Station , simply to avoid the jarring incongruity of using our familiar Friday, Saturday, etc, in the context of a far planet tens of thousands of years in the future, even though its residents are human, descended from us and similar to us culturally. He was right to do so. The words he chose are beautiful additions to the atmosphere of his tale.

An interesting example of an author who has carefully eschewed neologism is Gene Wolfe, who in an appendix to the first volume of his far-future epic The Book of the New Sun has stated:

In rendering this book – originally composed in a language that