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Cheat codes: Students search for shortcuts as virtual schooling expands

 

November 1, 2020

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Nicole Wisel reads to her daughter from a cell phone while the seventh-grader completes a school assignment online. Wisel said the work is so difficult that she allows her kids to look up answers using Google or other apps. Wisel said it's the only way her kids can pass the challenging online curriculum.

Computer programmer Gradyn Wursten still updates a project he created to hack his high school homework.

As a sophomore, he used an old MacBook with a cracked screen and bulging battery to write the code that adds shortcuts to Edgenuity – an online education platform used by more than 3 million students.

Once installed, his program can skip videos and automatically fill practice questions with answers - progressing straight to quizzes and tests.

Instead of watching a 30-minute history lesson on the Iroquois, students can cut right to the quiz. And those answers are often easily found on...



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