Cheating Differently – Schools start banning iPods on test day
You can kinda understand banning cellphones during tests because of the ability to pass notes via text message with answers. But iPods? With little statistics to go on, principals from all over the country are telling their students to leave their digital media players home on test day.
It seems that these latest high tech cheating devices for high schools students are capable of being hidden, and can contain gigabytes of test information that student can merely click, play, and write the answer to.
Students can use the “note taking” audio feature, or simply hide written answers in the lyrics sections. And according to USA Today, even including a video clip of Schoolhouse rock can help to get you over that hump when trying to remember how a bill makes it’s way through Congress.
And the ban is starting to catch on in colleges as well. Although, ironically, Duke University provide iPods to its students with the goal of enhancing the learning experience.
Many disagree with the banning practice on ethical reasons, choosing to believe that students who cheat will always find ways to cheat and trying to minimize it without focusing on instilling ethics and values is a losing cause.
Either way, it seems that educators are learning that technology in education can be a two-edged sword.