Ever wondered just how much cheating goes on in classrooms using cell phones ? LoL, and to think I didn’t think it was much of a problem.
According to a poll of students in grades 7-12 conducted by Common Sense Media (great name by the way)
- 35 percent of teens with cell phones admit to cheating at least once with them
- 26 percent said they store information on their phone to look at during a test
- 25 percent text friends about answers during a test
- 17 percent took pictures of the test to send to friends
- 20 percent search the internet for answers during tests using their phones
- 65 percent said others in their school cheated with them
- 48 percent of teens with cell phones call or text their friends to warn them about pop quizzes
- 52 percent admit to some form of cheating involving the internet
- 21 percent of students say they’ve downloaded a paper or report from the internet to turn in
- 38 percent have copied text from web sites and turned it in as their own work
- 32 percent have searched for teachers’ manuals or publishers’ solutions to problems in textbooks they are currently using
The joke is really on me because I’ve been saying that I think cell phones could be very useful tools in the classroom. Obviously they are- in ways different than I ever imagined. What’s even more shocking is that many students said that they didn’t see a problem with these types of behaviours.
Cheating not a problem? The Common Sense Media suggests that there is a
huge need for a national discussion on the concept of digital ethics. Kids have always found ways to cheat in school, but the tools they now have at their disposal are more powerful than ever. Just as they need to be taught the rules of right and wrong in the offline world, kids should have a similar set of guidelines for good online behavior, and it’s our responsibility as parents and leaders to start talking about them.
There’s nothing more common sense than that!
picture by Mike “Dakinewavamon” Kline
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