Show students how to use StackOverflow appropriately to establish standards for using internet resources in your classroom and beyond.

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  • It is highly likely that students will use StackOverflow to for help with programming problems, as such clear guidelines can encourage honesty and reasonable online help seeking.
  • Explain what is acceptable use and what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Students may be surprised by how many people have already asked the same questions they have.
    • Take this opportunity to explain that all programmers run into problems. Running into problems is a common part of programming.
  • You can use this activity to teach students how to search online for answers and resources, and to teach how to ask good questions in online forums.
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