There is a panel here at the Ypulse mashup of teenage entrepreneurs including Aseem Badshah, creator of Scriptovia.com. Scriptovia is an amazing website for sharing school papers and essays. During the panel I asked the following question: “What do you tell to teachers who are worried about kids using your site for plagiarism?”
His response was quite interesting. He first started talking about reassuring the teachers that they are working with turnitin.com and other anti-plagiarism sites, but then he started going on the offensive. He put a challenge out there for teachers: “We need to teach kids how to cite sources before fourth grade.” He said that most students are not trying to cheat; they just don’t know what qualifies as plagiarism. He also calls into the question the line between plagiarism and collaboration. We need to explain, expand, and explore this line.
Where is this line for you?
Should we respond to his challenge?
Clearly, this man is going to be a star. We need to watch his projects because he is going to move the debate, whether we are with him or not.