Cheating with Technology

The following article was written by Grace Fleming from About.com Guide. In reviewing articles about cheating, I like how this article points out the common practices that are happening in high schools and how this practice transfers into colleges. I think that the more teachers show students specific examples of cheating and are clear about what is or is not acceptable, the more knowledgeable students will become in meeting expectations and being true in their work. We do not want to make assumptions of what our students know and do not know.

Cheating with Technology

By Grace Fleming, About.com Guide

Educators are showing serious concern about cheating in high schools, and for good reason. Cheating has become commonplace in high schools, largely because students are using technology to gather and share information in rather innovative ways. Since students are a little more tech-savvy than many adults, grownups are always playing catch-up when it comes to finding out what students are up to.

But this technology-centered cat-and-mouse activity can be fatal to your educational future. Students start to blur the ethical boundaries and think it’s OK to do many things, simply because they’ve gotten away with them in the past. While parents and high school teachers might be less savvy than their students about using cell phones and calculators to share work, and too overworked to catch cheaters, college professors are a little different. They have graduate assistants, college honor courts, and cheat-detecting software that they can tap into.

Unintentional Cheating

Since students use tools and techniques that have not been used before, they might not always know what really constitutes cheating. For your information, the following activities constitute cheating. They can get you kicked out of college.
•Buying a paper from an Internet site
•Sharing homework answers via IMs, email, text messaging, or any other device
•Using a whiteboard to share answers
•Having another student write a paper for you
•Cutting and pasting text from the Internet without citing it
•Using sample essays from the Internet
•Using text messaging to tell somebody else an answer
•Programming notes into your calculator
•Taking and/or sending a cell phone picture of test material or notes
•Video recording lectures with cell phones and replaying during test
•Surfing web for answers during a test
•Using a pager to receive information during a test
•Viewing notes on your PDA, electronic calendar, cell phone, or other device during a test
•Storing definitions in a graphing calculator or cell phone
•Using a watch to hold notes

If you’ve been transmitting answers to homework or test questions, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been cheating—even though it might have been unintentional. The bottom line is that students can develop habits in high school that will get them expelled when they use them in college, and sometimes students won’t even realize their “habits” are illegal.

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