Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Banning Smartwatches to Stop Exam Cheating

From Observer/Innovation:

The technology to stop students from cheating on tests continues to grow more advanced worldwide. It all started last year, when educators in China uncovered a slew of innovative and illicit cheating devices, including glasses equipped with hidden cameras and a wired-up shirt. To combat this, the Chinese government used an anti-cheating drone to monitor students during this year’s college entrance exam.

An even newer area of concern is smartwatches. Multiple universities and test centers around the world have begun banning Apple Watches and their ilk as a precaution during final exams and standardized tests. One ground zero in the classroom smartwatch battle is Australia— according to Mashable, several universities in the land Down Under have imposed strict smartwatch regulations.

You can read more here. The Educational Testing Service already bans digital and smartwatches from testing areas. I don’t know if law schools are following this example.



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Saw this item the other day on another blog; thanks for sharing here. In my legal writing and research classes, I'm not worried about cheating. I am banning smartwatches (along with laptops, tablets, smartphones) during class, when they need to be participating, not multi-tasking.

Posted by: Coleen Barger | Jun 24, 2015 5:01:01 AM

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