Today’s digital age makes cheating, a cultural phenomenon, easier than ever. Find creative solutions to raise your grades without putting in the work can be tempting. Answers to the final exam are easily found online and papers can be written in minutes. Students have started using high-tech methods to improve their grades and raise their test scores and teachers and parents have to be aware of them.
High-tech cheating has become more difficult to stop than ever before and hence it is even more important for our schools to find a way to put an end to it. Here are a few guidelines you may want to set in place for your classroom to start preventing high-tech cheating before it even happens.
Install a firewall to block communication.
Students cheat by helping one another by emailing and messaging the test questions to friends who are yet to take the exam. Later in the day, this gives the students an unfair advantage that could allow them to research the answers. Some schools have found a way to eliminate this form of high-tech cheating with a firewall which can block emails or messages that could contain the questions and answers from an ongoing exam. There are also special softwares available, like Securexam, which can restrict internet access while students are taking an exam.
Ban cellphones during exam time.
Smartphones are involved in most of the methods students use for high-tech cheating. They might look up material, text a friend for answers, or download a copy of the answer key from the internet. Banning all of the cellphones from the room during test time is the easiest way to prevent high-tech cheating. However, this is much easier said than done and hence teachers will still have to remain vigilant to ensure that students are not covertly using their phones once the test begins.