"Infants have no privilege to cheat men" -Peter King

The biggest reason cited for prohibition of cell phones and/or iPods in school is cheating. As technology continues to evolve, so are the creative ways students devise to beat the system (check out my personal favorite, #8)

It's no secret technology is everywhere, and as a result, so is information. If you have a cell phone, you can get an answer to anything.

As a result, education today is less about memorizing facts and more about knowing where to find information and how to apply it. Creative assignments that assess for understanding and the application of information eliminate the need to worry about the misuse of technology. As a matter of fact, a creatively designed test can actually embrace the use of technology and collaboration. Isn't that preparing students for the future anyway?

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Tags: academic, assessment, cell, cheating, dishonesty, iPods, phones

Comment by Teach_J on October 5, 2008 at 11:38am
So, as a result instead of trying to fight against technology - shouldn't we stop making kids memorize facts, which is a less useful skill, and focus on assignments that require the application of higher level thinking. Using facts, not memorizing them.
Comment by Brian Carter on October 6, 2008 at 6:04pm
Absolutely, couldn't agree more...
Comment by Micki Lauby on October 9, 2008 at 8:53pm
I agree that we need to encourage students to work with technology, but I also think students shouldn't have access to cell phones and iPods during class time. I am in college right now studying to become a Special Education teacher and I can't believe the number of students that text or listen to their ipods during class. Talk about a waste of your money - there is no way those students can be getting anything out of class. I have seen the same thing happening in the high schools I have observed and as far as I know the teachers don't even realize they are doing it so I could see how it would be easy for them to cheat with their cell phones. Education of other technology is a definite must in my eyes.

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