Respondus Lockdown Browser will 'lock' the student's screen so that s/he can't go anywhere else but that test page. It doesn't minimize, alt/tab, or allow any access to new tabs/windows etc. Of course, that pre-supposes that the student doesn't have a cell or some other device to find answers with, even if it's just to text ChaCha with LOL
I was a beta-tester, as well. I liked the questing content, but making things with the virtual bricks didn't appeal to me, at all. It was tedious! If that was supposed to draw people into the game, maybe that was its downfall? I'm not an avid Lego builder at home, but maybe the virtual building was to attract all those people who are
Person of Interest, anyone?
I got a FB account because my siblings wanted me to keep up on what my nieces and nephews are up to, 1500 miles away. But, I used a pseudonym (and I'm sure they thought me weird, but I've always kept my real name off the internets), and the only 'friends' I have are my immediate family and their kids.
My profile contains the books/movies, etc. that I like, but it doesn't contain any personal information, including location/work/school, etc.
I use FB purity to block most of the bullshit, too.
I'm a 'fan' of many pages, though--mostly entertainment and retail-related. I've won a whole lot of freebies and books from random drawings, etc. from vendors and blogs that are in my feed. I get discounts and coupons before they are released to the public or even newsletter subscribers. I have no desire to keep up with people I haven't seen in years, especially those from 'back home.'
The SciFi Channel's blog had it biggest comment thread EVER (over 1000) on their post of the announcement of their name change to SyFy in July of er....2008, was it?. Most of the comments were negative. I wish I could say the name change was the beginning of the end for what was, once, our fave niche channel, but it wasn't; it merely cemented its ongoing dissolution into drivel and tripe.
There's nothing left to watch. With so many past sci fi (and fantasy) shows available, including those from the UK, they could have just gone the syndication route--I'd bet a lot of us would still be watching. Since they are a niche channel, they aren't going to garner network-type ratings numbers, but they could have gotten CW ratings numbers.
The joy I felt at the airing of Dark Shadows on day one of the SciFi Channel's reign was too short-lived
Rebel Space! Anyone play it on Prodigy? It was a turn-based, play-by-email game from Stormfront Studios, around the early to mid-90s. Stormfront shut it down, and many of us went to The Realm, then EQ. Some started playing VGA Planets, too.
I have magnificent Catholic-school penmanship--that I learned 40 years ago at St. Ray's in the Bronx. We had to use a cartridge (fountain) pen and could only use a pencil for math. It was a graded subject back then. The years have changed my writing some; it's more relaxed but it's still perfectly legible and looks rather nice on a hand-addressed envelope
I still love to hand-write letters--I correspond that way with a few people who refuse to use a computer. I took copious notes in college and grad school, in script, in fountain pen. I have beautiful writing papers and some beautiful fountain pens, too--people are fascinated with them, if they see me using one--they're not familiar with them at all and always ask to try my pen
There's always going to be a need to write legibly--I guess purpose and function are the name of the game now, making printing the way to go, for most. Even some printing isn't legible, though.
NCLB has pushed away several things that used to be taught in schools to young children. Sad part is, all the money going to the schools isn't really making that much of an improvement.
...Sylar needs to die in order to do that