TeenTech Weekly: Facebook hacks, college iPads, courses and cadavers

The weekly roundup of Generation Y and student resources you may have missed.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

This edition of TeenTech weekly rounds up the resources concerning Generation Y and students that you may have missed. Jailed Facebook hackers, high-tech cheating, porn site photo uploads and free online courses from prestigious academic institutions.

1.) Student jailed for Facebook hack. (Reuters)

A student has been jailed for eight months after hacking 'extensively' into Facebook's internal systems to the extent that the social media giant believed the attack was down to industrial espionage. Instead, it was one student -- Glenn Mangham -- who infiltrated Facebook a his parent's house in York last year.

2.) How do students use tech to cheat? (ZDNet)

From the use of high-tech equipment to listen to audio files to printing fake drink labels with concealed formulas, it may not be that students are cheating more, just that the means in which they do it are becoming more sophisticated and difficult to detect. Interested? View the full list of modern cheating techniques.

See also: Gallery: eCheating: High-Tech ways to pass your exam

3.) 17 teens' photos lifted from Facebook, put on porn site (CBS News)

CBS Boston reports that an individual is lifting photographs of teenage girls, fully clothed, and posting them on porngraphy websites. 17 girls at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, Mass. are known to have been affected.

4.) MIT launches first free online course (ZDNet)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) unveiled its first prototype course that will be available on its new MITx platform this week. The MITx platform, announced in December, is hoped to be a way to 'revolutionize' education, and allows users to sign up for free courses provided by MIT. If you wish, you can receive a certificate at the end of the course for a 'modest fee'.

5.) London Met University faces millions in fines after over-subscribing students. (The Times)

As applicants scramble to avoid the tripling fees in the United Kingdom, universities have arguably 'cashed-in' by heavily oversubscribing their courses this year, exceeding their caps by thousands. Due to this, large fines are anticipated -- London Metropolitan University currently bracing itself for fines between £5 and £6 million ($7.9 to $9.5 million dollars).

6.) New York Teacher Deal Links Evaluations to Student Test Scores (Bloomberg)

Backed by President Barack Obama, an agreement between New York and its largest teachers union concerning evaluations makes the state part of a movement which will hold education professionals responsible for student performance.

7.) Student Withdraws Bias Complaint Against Harvard (SFGate)

An Asian-American student has withdrawn federal complaints that Harvard University and Princeton University rejected him for their current classes due to his race, according to the universities in question.

8.) Landmark case? University Vs Former student, cadaver 'Bernie' (ZDNet)

A former University of Minnesota science student’s appeal to the Supreme Court has resulted in the university defending their decision to discipline the student over Facebook status messages.

The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments last week over how much freedom of speech a student is entitled to on social networks -- and therefore whether the academic institution was justifiable in its actions of disciplining a mortuary student after she posted about her lab cadaver on Facebook, nicknamed 'Bernie'.

9.) Student loan early repayment fines 'abandoned'. (BBC News)

Proposals to impose penalty fines on UK students that clear their government-backed student loans early are expected to be abandoned following concerns it will regress the current, already unclear loan system. If the scheme went forward, it could cot graduates thousands of pounds if they chose (and had the means) to clear themselves of debt early.

10.) Apple joins forces with art college to provide student iPads (ZDNet)

In order to try and assist their students in preparing for an art and design industry which increasingly requires both creative and digital skills, the college has recently announced a new initiative for new students enrolling in fall 2012 -- teaming up with Apple to equip students with iPad 2 models.

Bonus: Father puts .45 through teen daughter's laptop over Facebook post (Video)

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