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[翻译]AS IT IS - Smart Devices Give Students New Ways to Cheat

来源:慢速英语   时间:2016-10-28 09:00:24

Teachers have always had to deal with cheating students. But in today’s high-tech world, new devices are making it much easier for students to cheat.


Recent studies have shown that most teenagers in the United States now have access to smartphones. Experts say much of the cheating is done with the help of smartphones.


Smart Cheating


Nile Nickel is a technology and social media expert. He says many students put information into their mobile phones to cheat on tests. They can then hide their cheating by using other devices to view the information.

Nile Nickel是一位科技和社交媒体专家。他说很多学生把信息存到他们的手机来进行考试作弊,然后他们通过使用其它可以查看这些信息的设备来掩饰他们的作弊行为。

“We also have things like Google Glass, as well as smart contact lenses that have the ability to capture video and transmit it to a remote site.”


Earlier this year, officials caught several Thai students cheating this way during exams to get into a top medical school.


“What they were doing was looking at the test with their glasses on," Nickel said. "It was capturing the exam questions, transmitting them to some associates outside the classroom.”


He added that some students even have smartwatches that only show information if they are viewed with special glasses.


Some phones also have a very low ring sound that can only be heard by younger people, according to Nickel.


Who is cheating?


Denise Pope is a learning expert at Stanford University in California. She said some of the students are not the ones you think would cheat.

Denise Pope是加州斯坦福大学的一名学习专家。她说有些学生你以为他不会作弊。

“These are kids who are doing well in school, and they are still cheating because they need to keep up their grades. They feel the pressure to maintain a really high grade point average.”


Pope also co-created the organization Challenge Success. It provides schools and families with tools to help children become more involved and have a more balanced educational experience.


She says improving the learning and testing process can help cut down on cheating.


“Instead of trying to chase this problem, to get out in front of it. And what I mean by that is to create assignments where it’s almost impossible to cheat.”


Anti-cheating tools


As an example, she said teachers can ask students to turn in progress of their work and projects before it is complete. Teachers can be sure the material is the student’s work and can provide suggestions.


Pope added that changing the way tests are structured can prevent cheating. She says the best tests require students to write their answers instead of choosing from a list of choices.


Many schools already have barred students from taking smartphones into testing rooms. Others are experimenting with looking for radio signals or other methods to discover hidden devices used to cheat.


But Pope said one of the most important ways to help stop cheating is to get teachers, students and parents to talk openly about it. She says this can help students better understand the reasons for holding themselves to a high standard of honesty.


I’m Bryan Lynn.

Words in This Story

get away with – v. to succeed in doing something wrong without being caught or punished

contact lens – n. ​thin piece of plastic worn on the eye to improve vision

transmit – v. to pass information in the form of electrical signals

glasses – n. pair of lenses set in a frame worn to improve vision

associate – n. a partner in work, school or business

grades – n. number or letter given to students showing how good their work is

assignment – n. piece of work to do given in school or work

standard – n. level of quality considered acceptable