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Affidavits Mailed this Week

§ December 21st, 2010 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Sample Affidavit

Attention NIE teachers-- affidavits were sent out this week. Please sign and return them as soon as possible. Delivery will be stopped if it is not returned.

If your school receives both the print and E-Edition, you will receive two separate affidavits. Please sign and return both forms.

E-Edition Video Coming Soon

§ December 14th, 2010 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Boston Herald E-Edition Video

Coming soon to a computer near you—an online video starring the Boston Herald E-Edition.

Some educators sign up for the E-Edition and then wonder: what’s next? To help you make the most of your subscription, we’re creating a short video that will show you how to use key features of this resource.

You’ll go inside actual classrooms and libraries to see how real teachers are using the E-Edition, and you’ll learn how it can complement your current curriculum.

Filming wrapped up this weekend at a local high school. The video will make its debut on in January.

Current Event for Discussion: Web sites track users

§ December 8th, 2010 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, English Language Arts, High School, Marketing, Media criticism, Middle School, Science § No Comments

Whether you’re keeping tabs on the Patriots, or shopping online, it’s impossible for Web sites to track other sites you’ve visited—Right?


The Boston Herald recently reported that some Web sites have been secretly “history sniffing,” or tracking the browsing history of internet users. This information is especially valuable to con artists and online companies alike.

Have your students read the article “A browser flaw lets Web sites track you.” Then discuss it with your class.

Key Discussion Points:

  • If a Web site tracks your history, should they be required to notify you?
  • If you knew a Web site was tracking your history, would you use it?
  • Do you have a right to keep your online browsing history private?
  • Should Web sites be permitted to “history sniff?” Why or why not?
  • What could your browsing history be used for?
  • Would you allow history sniffing on your computer if it meant that you could get better prices for products you buy online?

This activity is designed for students in grades 8-12. It can complement science, English Language Arts, current events, marketing, media criticism, and computer classes.

Please review the article prior to sharing it with your students, as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.

If you need help finding the article for discussion, please contact Julie Burridge.

Current Event for Discussion: WikiLeaks and posting info online

§ December 1st, 2010 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, English Language Arts, High School, History, Middle School § No Comments

Parents and teachers urge students to avoid posting certain kinds of information on websites like Facebook to ensure their safety.

Now, a similar situation is happening on a global scale that could affect the safety of many people throughout the world. The website recently posted sensitive information about the United States and other countries online.

This current event provides a relevant method to discuss the effects of making information public on the internet, and our right to privacy verses our right to information.

Read the story "US tries to contain damage from leaked documents." Then discuss it with your students.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Do citizens have a right to know information? If so, what kind?
  • Should certain information remain private? If so, what type of information?
  • Is it worth making information public if it could affect the safety of others?
  • What are some positive outcomes that could happen as a result of making these documents public?
  • What should be done about the WikiLeaks situation? Should WikiLeaks be allowed to continue posting sensitive information, or should they be stopped?
  • How is this situation similar to students posting information online about themselves or others?

This activity is appropriate for high school students and some middle school students. It can complement the following classes: English Language Arts, history, current events, media literacy, computers and technology.

If you need help finding the article for discussion, please contact Julie Burridge.