Cheating with Technology

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Say goodbye to the days of writing test answers on your hand or copying off your neighbor. Cheating has now entered a new phase of technology.

"You could store stuff on the computer or Ipod and get it off while the test is going on," says East H.S. junior Alyssa Lantz.

Students are programming test answers into their Ipods as songs. This fools teachers into thinking their listening to music.

"I don't see a lot of it because people are real good at hiding it but it's very common," Lantz says.

It's so common Lantz says half of her junior class is cheating. Not just with Ipods since those aren't technically allowed in school. But the already prohibited cell phone.

"The craziest thing I ever saw was texting in plain view," says East junior Bruce Spencer III.

And school-owned computers.

Sharing test answers through instant messenger has become a problem in other schools, so the Rockford School District has a block on all unauthorized sites. However students are still finding ways to get around it.

Several cell phone companies have websites that allow one to text directly from their computer. Making these websites a cheating loophole.

"What's making it harder for teachers is the technology is changing so quickly," says East Assistant Principal Deena Lantz.

Many high school students are so involved with extracurricular activities that they don't get home until late at night. Some say they're simply too tired to do homework and are more susceptible to cheat.

Assistant Principal Lantz says when she's caught students cheating, those students usually wound up getting c's and d's. So it's not like cheating gave them better grades than those students who actually studied. And students caught cheating could be suspended and get a red mark on their academic record.

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