It’s the first day back to school from Summer break. In a grammar school class, Ms. Fay is teaching her students using mathematics with computers. She instructs all of her third-grade students to type in a website on their computers that are in front of them.
“Now class, we’ll be covering addition using the website you should be on Mathway.com. If so, click on the “Basic Math” button and you will go to a blank screen.” When you are done with each, please highlight it the answers one at a time, and I want you to click in exactly what I tell you, holding down the right side of your mouse and click “Copy”. Then I want you to go to a new blank screen and click on the left side and pick “Paste”. Then you should see the answer.” She writes some addition problems and asks her students to solve them on the screen. Let me know if anyone had any problems. They spend the rest of the session solving addition problems.
When they have five more minutes until the bell rings for the next class, Ms. Lynn gives them a large problem to solve for homework and writes it and the website on the board: 9950 + 8001 + 5400 + 2345 + 1980 =?. Please use “Copy” and then “Paste” to my email address: “efay at aol.com”
The bell rings and most of the students are still copying it down. “Now, don’t be late for your next class. Oh, I forgot! Send your answers to my email. She writes it down at on the board, but she writes “eBay”, not “efay”
Jenny Smith is one of her students who was slow at writing down her assignment. Ms. Fay asks her if she wrote it all down, and the little girl nods.
That afternoon, after school is over for the day, Jenny asks her mother if she could borrow her laptop computer because she had homework to do. So, Jenny sits down at a table where her mother’s computer is and follows the teachers instructions- adding the numbers: 9950 + 8001 + 5400 + 2345 + 1980. She clicks “add” button and gets, “27,676”. Then she copies it with her mouse. When she clicks the delete button, and types in “eBay”. As soon as she gets there she forgets her teacher’s email and goes to eBay browsing the fine jewelry which is on auction on her mother’s account. She’s captivated by some 24 karat gold rings. She sees several that are about to end. She finds “Place Bid” buttons on five of them and pastes, “27,676” in the textboxes.
As the timers run out, she gets five messages that read “You have won!” Jenny is so excited she runs and tells her mom what she just did. Her mother’s eyes grow large and asks, “What did you do???”
“I bought five rings for you from eBay! Isn’ that great?”… “Mom?… Mom?”
The mother looks at the total: “$25, 890.78”
“Mom???… Mom??… ” The last words of the mother were..Dial 911, now!!!”