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.
Check papers for plagiarism.
Plagiarism is probably the most difficult thing for teachers to identify at a quick glance. As students become adept at copying and pasting their essays straight from the internet, it becomes equally important to take action to curb it. An educator may pick up on a style or vocabulary that is distinctly different from the student’s real writing once in a while. While this should be an obvious indicator, it is a significantly subtler one. There are various online services available that scan digital copies of an essay and compare it to articles, web pages, and books from their database to pinpoint suspect material.
A common occurrence in our schools today, high-tech cheating needs to be eradicated. Not just educators but parents also should be more aware of how students are manipulating the system to improve their grades without actually doing the work. We could encourage greater honesty and integrity in our students by taking some of these simple steps. Those attributes will ultimately pay off for them later in life.