SPYPI - A SOLUTION FOR EFFICIENT AWARENESS RAISING IN EDUCATION
Technology has become integral part of the twenty first century. In our society most people deal with it on a daily basis - regardless of their job, age or interests. Technological innovations carry a huge potenial to do good, but they could equally become a risk to our safety, peace and privacy. Making sure, these innovations don’t become a threat, lays in the hands of various parties. Yet, every individual should be able to take responsibility for his/her security and privacy in the digital age. This requires people to be informed and aware of both - the benefits and the risks of modern technology. SpyPi wants to provide a platform to help schools approach security awareness raising among teenagers and young adults. We want to supply young people with differentiated knowledge on this topic to give them not only the knowledge needed to contemplate privacy and security in the digital age - before they enter work life, but also essential information necessary to discuss political subjects and our future. We put emphasis on fun and exciting teaching methods that meet the needs of students to ensure efficiency and sustainability in our awareness raising.
KEY FEATURES OF SPYPI
Students test out tools and practices of black-hat hackers, social engineers and data collectors to better understand the power of modern technology and the dangers that come with it.
A text-based user interface allows students to actively participate. The user interface is easy to use and matches the "hackerish" design of SpyPi.
A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
Since the students are not in the position of the victim but act as the "bad guys" themselves, they are more open to learn things and less anxious of making mistakes, since they are not expected to have any prior knowledge or perform in a certain way.
A DESIGN WITH PURPOSE
We've tried to make SpyPi look as you would imagine a hacking station to look like. Actual hackers do not use such fancy looking devices and we're giving a rather misleading image of hacking itself, however, SpyPi's design serves a pedagogical purpose: It motivates students to participate. Most of us dreamed of becoming one of those hackers we see in movies. The "hackerish" look fulfills these childhood dreams, gains the interest and attention of students. The design is a crucial to the success of this learning approach.
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