By Melissa Balmain, Parenting.com
(Parenting.com) - You're a typical fourth-grader. You've got soccer three afternoons this week, two birthday parties, piano, chess club, recycling club, and making-stuff-from-duct- tape club. On top of all that, you're supposed to write a big report about tornadoes - and you know Mom and Dad will freak if you bring home a bad grade. Would you be tempted to save time with a little cutting and pasting from the web?
If you're like plenty of students, you would. It's a perfect storm out there for cheating: jam-packed after-school schedules, high expectations from parents and teachers, and technology just waiting to help kids make an end run around the rules. Studies show that by the time they graduate from high school, 80 to 85 percent of kids have cheated at least once, says Eric M. Anderman, Ph.D., a professor of educational psychology at Ohio State University in Columbus.
By Peter Shadbolt, CNN
(CNN) - If you don't have the time, inclination and, more importantly, the money to go to university in Manila, you can still get a degree. It will cost you between $US10 and $US60, it will take about two hours to complete and it will be fake.
Welcome to "Recto University," the name Manila mockingly gives to the strip of document counterfeiters that openly ply their trade between Claro M. Recto and Rizal Avenues in the Philippines capital.
Located a stone's throw from Manila's university district and, somewhat ironically, Manila City Jail, the counterfeiters of Recto can run off a university testamur, any type of diploma, a job reference and, more worryingly, a pilot's license and a seaman's certificate in a matter of hours.
"Today business is not so good," says a hawker sitting beside a makeshift sign displaying fake diplomas, driver's licenses and job references that can be bought for as little as 500 pesos (US$11.50).
"If we do five documents a day, we're doing well," he says smiling broadly. "Sunday is our best day, because people start class or work the next day. Term time at the universities is much better for us than the semester break.
CNN's Erin Burnett reports on a new program that asks kids to wear electronic devices to track weight loss.
by Donna Krache, CNN
(CNN) It might not be the answer to all pedagogical prayers, but some educators say that flipping is an effective way to teach a generation that’s grown up on YouTube. Not familiar with flipped classes? If you've got five minutes, you can learn about the concept right here.
District Administration magazine calls flipping a type of "blended learning" that is a combination of online and face-to-face approaches. Flipping capitalizes on technology to allow students to watch online video lectures and explanations of content for homework. Students can replay the lectures several times if they need to to get a better grasp of the material while they are at home. The next day in class is spent doing what is traditionally considered homework – completing assignments like working on math problems, for example – with the teacher as more of a learning facilitator than lecturer. Classmates contribute to the learning process by working together on in-class assignments.
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