Plagiarism in Digital Design
I am fairly new to teaching middle school, recently moved up from elementary school to teach Business Education. I am having issues in particular with my 8th grade students with plagiarism. Mostly in my Adobe Illustrator class. They like doing tutorials which is fine while they are learning the tools and the techniques at the beginning of the year. However at this part of the year I feel like they should have enough working knowledge with the tools and techniques to start designing pieces on their own.
The problem is that they will go to the vector stock places and download files from there, edit them a little, and turn them in. As a graphic artist working with Adobe products for 25 years I am able to spot works from stock images. I've tried some of the visual plagiarism checkers, but they are not able to check through all of the stock image places to verify the images.
I am wondering how other teachers deal with plagiarism in their classrooms.
I have taught them about plagiarism, and the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement. However, I still have students who continue to claim stock vector images as their work, even though I know better.
Thanks for any advice and help.