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June 12th, 2008
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Just back from reading the AP Computer Science exam.  The work was enjoyable, the people were fantastic, the facilities were ... did I mention that the people were fantastic?  (Oh well ... they're supposedly moving us to a nicer facility next year.)

One of the most intriguing things this year, though, was that this appeared to be the year of the Internet meme on the CS exam ...
  • There was a Facebook group that encouraged its members to write "THIS IS SPARTA" on any AP exam they took ... then cross it out and continue writing their exam as usual.  (With the CS exam, this is easy; students just put it the line in a comment.)  I saw it on a few exams and just figured some people were being cute ... but then over meals, we found out lots of people were doing it, and someone Googled it to find out what the story was.
  • Then, there was the person grading exams across from me who got rickrolled ... twice.  (Keep in mind that this is a written exam, so rickrolling isn't nearly as satisfying.  Still, it was cute.)
I've said this before ... but I am continually amazed by the modern Internet era.

(Which is a much more dignified way of saying "man, those kids these days ..." )

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From:darthdingus
Date:June 13th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
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Since the AP Exam is crazy about maintaining student anonymity, one of the guys I took the C++ exam with back in the day created two variables in one of his methods: name, and MattShowalter (his real name).

Later on, he assigned name to be MattShowalter.

/we're rebels.
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From:dwh
Date:June 13th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
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Heeeeey, one of my other LJ friends was an AP World History grader this year, and she was amused by all the THIS IS SPARTA references. Except apparently it made sense in the context of the essays?

Man. If something like Facebook had existed when I took the AP exams, I totally would have done something like that. As it stood, my US History classmates left inside jokes in our essays in case our teacher read them, and I left cartoons for all my graders on the AP Stats exam.

Somehow, I find the idea that someone managed to rickroll their grader even more impressive given that it was a written exam.
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From:jkhuggins
Date:June 13th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
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my US History classmates left inside jokes in our essays in case our teacher read them

See, that's the part that doesn't work. ETS is crazy about integrity when it comes to exams. In the unlikely event that your teacher happened to be the person who read that question, and recognized the inside joke, (s)he'd have to immediately give the paper to someone else to read and score ... which creates all sorts of problems.

and I left cartoons for all my graders on the AP Stats exam

Now that we appreciate ... the laughter is wonderful. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 13th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)

Only on the internet...

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Can you find a video of RMS doing the "Soulja Boy" dance:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Pube5Aynsls
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From:jkhuggins
Date:June 13th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Only on the internet...

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Yeah, I've seen that ... but I'm not as familiar with that particular meme ...
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