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The Crime discussions were particularly thoughtful and informative. You can see that many of these issues are not easy to decide. It depends… Sometimes the exact nature of the “crime” in one circumstance is clearly a problem for everyone. For others, the comments express many diverse opinions. And then there are the laws and regulations and how they are interpreted and enforced. It is very complex. The best advice is to be informed and somewhat skeptical. But then, this has always been true. You must rely on your own judgement in the end.

As many aspects of society become more public – access to online public records, Facebook for everything, Google to find it and sell it – it is inevitable that someone, not necessarily a “criminal” will have access to information and the ability to use it in ways that were never intended. You don’t need to be paranoid but you do need to pay attention to the possibilities. Thanks for highlighting this in your discussions.

Online community service is a wonderful way to give your time and talents to others who can benefit.

There are points for early discussion participation to encourage others to post throughout the week.

Summer semester is pretty intense. Some students like to stay focused and just blast through to have a 4 unit course completed. The Thursday and Sunday due dates seem to be the best way to spread the work, but there is no perfect schedule. It will be over in 6 weeks.

There is a calendar in the upper left of the main CIS2 Catalyst page that has all the due dates, as does the Catalyst Assignments page.

Look it up. If you don’t know what one of the keywords means, or don’t recognize some name or term in a study questions, search Wikipedia. These are all related to computing and technology, so there are Wikipedia articles that cover these topics. However, don’t cite Wikipedia articles for your research – that’s too easy. There are 1000s of good articles about the keywords on the web – that’s what you should be looking for.

I wonder… We need to do this more often. For practice, we are going to step through “See Think Wonder” – a routine for exploring interesting things. There are 3 basic questions to guide your learning.
* What do you see?
* What do you think about that?
* What does it make you wonder?

By the time you get to the I wonder… activity in the topic assignments, you have already completed See and Think. “See” is what you have read and viewed about the topic. You have said what you “Think” in the discussions.

Now, Wonder. What are some questions that YOU still have about the topic? What more would you like to know? Make notes of these questions for your I wonder submission.

Wonder – definition
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/wonder

The I know… posts are a warm-up for the topic. This is a memo to yourself about where you are starting from. This is what you know about the topic “off the top of your head.” You will have plenty of opportunity to research and form opinions in the other activities. I know… should be just that.

In the discussions, the best posts include specific examples and personal observations. Avoid just quoting text from a reference site, especially without acknowledgement.

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