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June 30, 2009 _ 10:19 / Digital Nation Team / comments (3)

Common Sense Media is one of our national partners. They just conducted a poll about using cell phones to cheat on tests:

When students use their cellphones and internet to access test answers, are they cheating, or developing their problem solving skills? Don't we, as adults, turn to others for their expert knowledge when we don't know an answer?

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I'm not sure if you're still taking comments on the matter but... If the question is whether students who check the Internet for exam answers during an exam (or even if they've swiped a copy of the exam as a "study guide"), of course it's cheating. You can't use books for the same reason you can't check the Web: you need to know the material beforehand!

I'd be appalled to think someone could justify this action as "developing problem solving skills." If it's considered developing problem solving skills, then the answer to people's problems is cheating? Sure, we turn to experts for things we don't know about, but that's not during an exam!!

Maybe I'm missing the context of this - so let me answer this more broadly. If you're talking about students checking the Web about previous exam questions, then sure, it's expanding their knowledge of things they (should have) didn't know about.

But again, if the question is are students cheating by checking the Web during an exam? A resounding YES.

Heather / July 14, 2009 _ 12:02

Using tools that are available in the real world is not cheating as long as the source is credited. I have access to a mobile device and information 24/7 and if schools didn't ban technology (causing the world inside of schools to look very different than the world outside of schools) many students would also have access to on-demand knowledge, information, and learning networks. Our job as educators is to help students develop their passions and build learning networks, know how to access knowledge and know how to properly identify where it came from and its credibility. When students use technology to increase their knowledge and access information, it is not cheating, it is learning.

Lisa Nielsen / July 23, 2009 _ 17:15

I can't believe what I am reading...of course it is cheating and anyone who doesn't think it is should ask temselves how they would feel if they found out that the cardiologist who was going to operate on them in the morning didn't actually know anything about medecine but they were good at asking others for the answers and passed their medical board exam by using their cell phone to take pictures of someone else's answers. There is a time and a place to learn to use appropriate resources and research skills and there is also a time when you need to be able to demonstrate (without help from others) that you know the material. When did we lose all accountability and why are we afraid to make kids work for something?

Karen Ridenour / July 29, 2009 _ 22:44


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