The mother of all typos

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Here's one thing District 97 might not have to spend money on technology-wise if they're April 5 referendum passes--online filtering software.

The ones they're currently using came into play pretty effectively this week. Several students at Beye Elementary School were denied access to a web site whose URL was misspelled in a study guide concerning a research project they've been working on. The actual URL--Bearessentialnews.com--is an Arizona-based, educational online newspaper for families. According to the site, its focus is to "promote reading and writing skills, as well as creativity." And it appears to do just that.

 But a not-so tiny typo in the guide had a URL for an adult web site (no need to write that web site; folk can use their imaginations).

A letter to parents from the school Thursday informed them of the mistake, and also assured them that the site was blocked by the district's filtering system. They were also alerted to be aware if their child accesses the wrong site at home in case they have no online filtering program.

  

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Catheve Strokosch (Do not list)  

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 5:36 PM

FORMER OP TEACHER: Were you trained in OP schools? Maybe we should be concentrating more on how to adequately train our students in proofreading (so they won't make such mistakes) and in grammar that will allow them to actually type "their" when that is the appropriate spelling, in the case of your first sentence, that spellcheck cannot pick up instead of "they're".

D97 Tech Worker  

Posted: February 26th, 2011 10:57 AM

Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not, but the cost of the Barracuda filtering system that catches things like this is less than $10,000 per year or under $2 per student and must be in place under e-rate guidelines. I don't know what $100K you are referring to in your comment.

OPRF Achievement Gap  

Posted: February 26th, 2011 7:51 AM

Now this is 100K at its best.

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