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Area Student Shocked at Grade Given for Assignment Cut and Pasted from Wikipedia

MOOSONEE: Becky Peraino, a grade 9 student at the local high school was shocked at the failing mark she was given for what she thought was clearly a quality research report written by a Wikipedia author. Peraino believes she did very well in the historic Canadian battle research assignment and that the teacher should reconsider the grade.

“It’s not fair!” said Peraino, “There’s a whole bunch of other students handing in really crappy research assignments that they wrote themselves and they get a better mark!”

Peraino argues that her assignment contained no spelling errors, used a high level of language, contained in-text citations to credible sources, and was written in clear, concise language. “What more could [the teacher] want?” she said.

The grade nine student also stated that she read “almost” the entire article she submitted and even glanced at a few others before making her final selection of the Wikipedia article.

“I did extra work too,” Peraino insisted. “When you cut and pas…

Local Teacher Accused of Copyright Violation in Powerpoint Presentation

MOOSONEE: A local grade 11 student accused her teacher of blatant copyright violation last Thursday. The alleged stolen digital property was an image in a Powerpoint presentation used in a science class. After analyzing the photo of a microscope used to decorate one of the slides, Maria Kearns was able to determine the photo’s origins.

“There was a giant watermark right across the middle of the picture!” Maria told HSBN. “It said ‘iStockPhoto’ right across the centre of it!” Online photo services, as Maria went on to explain, place watermarks across preview images to indicate illegitimate usage.

“He stole it; he totally stole it - ripped them right off!” remarked Maria. “They go on and on about not plagiarizing and copying other people’s stuff. Well, what the heck is this?"

Some inside sources indicate that this alarming practice is widespread in the school system.

A grade 12 student has a theory as to which teachers are using watermarked images. “I think it mostly comes from…