I've just spent the last four weeks showing my year 9 SOSE class how to search on the internet, read the material and then write the important fact in their own words. At the end of that time they submitted a 400 word essay describing one aspect of the Middle Ages.
All but four students in the class submitted work that I subsequently found in toto on websites. They had simply copied and pasted, then presented the work as their own.
They didn't get it. Throughout the four weeks each and every student asked me why they can't just copy the material. It's on the web, available for everyone, so they can use it as they wish. Right? It's the same story with referencing.
It's demoralising. I feel like I've just wasted an entire month. Sure I might have got the message through to four students, but what about the other 26?
How can people honestly believe it's ok to say you did something when you didn't? Isn't it obvious that it's lying?