A big new feature was added to Google Classroom this fall, Originality Reports. This has been a feature educators have been requesting for some time and Google came through with the ability to analyze student submissions to check the originality vs. content on the internet. This is a huge time savor for teachers and gives an extra layer of data for student accountability in their digital works.
This new feature—with several reports included free in every course—will be part of Classroom and Assignments, which was also announced today. We create originality reports by scanning student work for matched phrases across hundreds of billions of web pages and tens of millions of books.
When assigning work in Classroom and Assignments, instructors will have the option to enable originality reports. Students will then be able to run up to three originality reports on documents they attach to the assignment before submitting their work. This heads-up gives students an opportunity to proactively improve their work, and also saves time for instructors.
After submission, a fresh originality report will automatically be available to instructors when grading the assignment. These reports will flag text that has missed citations and has high similarity with text on the web or in books.
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