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  • At Northwestern University, "Lauren Cohn" racked up 143 friends -- none of whom knew who she was. While we're not certain the school was involved in the fabrication, that's beside the point -- 143 people just let this chick into their social circles.
  • Still, take a gander at novelty apps like "Open Book," which allows you to search others' unprotected status updates for potentially incriminating info (I looked, and no, I would rather not know about the hot oral sex you had this a.m.),
  • cyberstalking thusly: "A course of conduct (more than one incident) that uses technology to track, intimidate, harass, threaten or scare victims." That could mean harassing you online or even using the internet to gather info that can be used for physical stalking.
13 Jun 10

New service that parents can put on their child's computer that gives you educational games, ad blocking in a special browser and filtered web content. Signing up is free, although they charge for premiums services like ad blocking. Let me know when you test it and how you like it in the comments below.

14 Sep 09

Top five ways students use technology to cheat -- of course, all of them involve the cell phone, which will certainly push many to continue to say they should be banned. To me, teachers should be vigilant and watchful. Also, who says you have to give the same test to all of your classes or a pop quiz on the same day? It is time to get smart!

08 May 09

This is a great example of checking your facts. I teach students to always always confirm things they read on wikipedia with another credible source. Looks like newspapers are even less credible than we thought as some reporters need to learn to check their sources! Great article for digital citizenship discussions.

  • "The moral of this story is not that journalists should avoid Wikipedia, but that they shouldn't use information they find there if it can't be traced back to a reliable primary source," said the Guardian's readers' editor Siobhain Butterworth.
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