Students Accused Of Wirelessly Cheating

Twelve students at the University of Maryland have been accused of using new, web-enabled mobile phones to cheat on an exam. Apparently, the professor had posted the answers to the exam on a website, so the students could check after the exam. The students simply used their mobile phones to check during the exam. Of course, there are simple ways to solve this: (1) don’t post the damn answers until the exam is over and (2) don’t let students use their mobile phones during exams. However, it does bring up issues about how wireless technologies end all sorts of “isolation” – even when it’s imposed by schools in testing environments.

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