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Research: Spread of smart phones leads to rampant cheating

April 23, 2012

This article touched on the subject of students using their smart phones to cheat during exams. Not so much in higher education, but mainly in high school. Students used their phones to take pictures of questions and send them out, search Google for answers, and they would take pictures of their notes and access them during the exam for answers.

Q1: What is your opinion on the issue in the article?

Well, I was in high school just last year. I didn’t ever use my smart phone to cheat, personally, and I never cheated, however, I never witnessed or heard of this happening when I was in high school either. Obviously because I never cheated I am upset because some kids got a 3.8 – 4.0 while I was sitting there with a 3.4. Now I’m not blaming those kids who worked hard and got good grades, but I do ponder the question: Did some of those kids cheat to get those good grades? Did they cheat a little? Did they cheat a lot? So it’s irritating to hear that an overall of 35% of the students surveyed admitted to using their phones to cheat. That’s a high number. Coming from a kid who never really cheated this is irritating. Also, what is it a zero on your paper if you get caught cheating in high school? At colleges/universities you will get expelled for cheating. These kids who are going to enter the next level of education are in for a rude awakening.

Q2: How will this issue help/hinder your teaching practice? Why?

Nobody wants to be that jerk teacher who is just ‘assuming’ kids are cheating and is on the prowl during tests, but is that what it has come to? Do we need to put a basket in the front of the classroom and collect all phones before exams? They did that for my A.C.T…. Regardless, if kids are using their smart phones to cheat they should obviously do something to stop it because it’s ultimately just not fair to the other students. This would hinder the teaching practice because you may form a poor relationship with your students because you’re buckling down on what they can do. For example, we were not allowed to have our phones out in high school, period. They wouldn’t get taken but the faculty would tell you to simply put it away. This year at my old high school kids are allowed to use phones to call/text.whatever they need to do during passing and lunch time. From what I hear it has gone well and the kids haven’t abused their privileges. Good for them! But you start giving kids an inch and they take a mile. Therefore. due to the ‘cracking down’ kids start rebelling thus effecting your relationship with them. 35% is way too high of a number to not take action.





Star Apps Lift Learners Through the Clouds

April 8, 2012


This article highlights a few different school’s that use various applications on different electronic devices, like the ipad, and it goes to show how effective the apps are in teaching the kids. In addition to the apps Twitter, Myspace, and Facebook are also used as teaching tools. The apps have a method in which a kid will pass a lesson, then may move on to the next, tougher lesson. The apps are awesome and effective in advancing kids’ learning.

Q1: How will this help/hinder student learning?

In one example in Ludington, MI in a second-grade class the students learned how to read clocks on the ipad application Clockmaster. The students use the app to read a hand clock and then move on to different times once they’ve identified the time that’s shown. They eventually move on to harder levels. I think that this is awesome and helps the students’ learn better because the kids are so intrigued by the technology that they WANT to use the devices, but at the same time they are learning a lot and advancing through the levels which is slowly advancing the kids’ knowledge. Amber Kowatch, the teacher, also uses the SplashMath app to teach.


The endless teaching-type apps are doing amazing things for students and getting the students excited about what they are doing/learning. Saltman, the author of the article states that, “As Richard Beach, a University of Minnesota professor emeritus of English education, points out in a forthcoming book, Using Apps for Learning With Literacy Across the Curriculum, apps and Web tools are “fostering new ways of knowing and learning,” whether students work collaboratively or independently.” From what I know kids are buying into these new learning methods and the teaching methods are really effective; so why not build off of these new techniques? I think it’s awesome and many teachers would agree from what I’ve read.


At Open High School in Utah the students are learning via social networks. They work with TwHistory to reenact historical events using Twitter. The students basically are the event or person from history and tweet facts about the event/person. Once again, I think that this is an awesome way for kids to learn because they get excited about what it is that they’re doing. With the world changing and advancing as much as it has, it’s crucial for our future generations to be up-to-date with the world as they grow older.




Engaged to achieve

March 22, 2012


Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary in Bowling Green, Kentucky has had great signs from student’s and their learning since purchasing ipad’s. The principal purchased 23 ipad’s and the lucky teacher who got them in their class is Mr. Jonathan Stovall. Stovall teaches forth grade and has had the priveledge of teaching with the ipad’s. The kids and Stovall concur that the ipad’s have been amazing in getting the students’ to behave well, pay attention well, and overall learn much better. A student named aeriti said that while they are learning, they are “having fun at the same time.”

Q1: How will the issue help/hinder student learning? Why?

Judging from the article, the kids seemed to be very excited to learn. The kids even run to the class they are so excited. I think that it is awesome that the school has gotten these kids excited to learn and I see many positives from the kids using the ipad’s! However, I also can think of a couple downfalls. First off, with kids staring at screens, they are not interacting with each other. I feel that at a young age as nine, kids need that interaction and communication with each other to learn to work well with each other and collaborate on different things. Also, it may be encouraging kids to handle more electronics outside of school. It’s important for kids to be active. That is more so dependent on the parents, though. Also, in the future the kids may struggle with tests and other things that are not done electronically. As with everything, you learn through experience. As the kids hit high school and college, if they are handling electronics too much in being taught, tested, etc. then they won’t be too familiar with the standardized testing system when they are being assessed in the future. With how thrilled the student’s are and how much passion they are showing towards learning is awesome to see, though. “Technology doesn’t increase achievement, but technology increases engagement and engagement in turn increases achievement,” Stovall said. The kids concur with the teacher. The kids are finally excited about learning, so let’s build on that!


NeuroSky launches Focus Pocus learning app that kids can control with their minds

February 27, 2012

Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I think that what NeuroSky does for children and their learning is amazing. The state-of-the art technology has so much potential and is already doing amazing things. I completely agree with what NeuroSky is doing with Focus Pocus. Studies done by Stuart Johnstone of Wollongong University in Australia, they found that through the brain games kids with ADHD greatly improved in their ability to concentrate and thus learn better. The software is expensive, and the total to purchase everything  comes out to be about $248, but to have a game that can be controlled by your thoughts (brain waves) is an amazing thing. For this technology to be this up-to-date and even ‘futuristic’ is awesome to see how it is helping these kids, whether they are able to focus well or have the Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder. It could be a ‘break through’ invention that changes the way that schools and parents can better their child’s learning and concentration habits/abilities. Although it is a little on the expensive side, with the impact that this software can have on a kids life – it is something that would be extremely well money spent!

Q2: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?’

I can’t see any way that this Focus Pocus would hinder a students’ learning/concentration. I only see and read positives that the system software has had on children. It is more difficult for some children to learn due to ADHD, so Focus Pocus has been proven to help kids out with their concentration and should definitely be a positive in the world of learning. Hopefully someday the price can be lowered so that schools can afford to purchase the software and many home can also have the software so that the kids can ‘play the game’ (learn to focus better) in and outside of the school setting. The kids aren’t dreading the software – Focus Pocus is a game and the kids thoroughly enjoy it while they learn to focus better. Through this advancement it is looking very good that there will be many kids who will benefit from the Focus Pocus software – most of them being between the ages of seven (7) and thirteen (13). Once again – although the app and software can be pretty expensive, the Focus Pocus system can and will change many kids’ lives now and in the future.

New school in Staten Island’s Rossville section is a study in technological advances

February 13, 2012

Q1: What is your opinion on the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I find what the city of Rossville is doing in this article to be amazing. The city is funding a school to be made of solar panels and also contains a wind turbine; the school is currently called PS 62. The solar panels will not only generate enough electricity for the school, but all of the surplus electricity will be recycled back out to surrounding houses and businesses throughout Rossville. I am astounded on how amazing this facility will be because I have never seen anything like it! I completely agree with what the city is doing because the sun is such a powerful thing and we can utilize it so much more than we do now. If more cities follow Rossville’s lead we will be a much more efficient, cleaner, and even safer county, state, country, and planet. The school will also have 10 stationary bikes in the school for students to ride; this will promote exercise and the bikes will generate electricity for the building. This school is being built is Rossville New York, and the whole North Eastern United States is expected to follow suit and build the same style school’s which will be a huge step in getting the whole United States to build this style school and make the world a much cleaner and more efficient place for us all to live.

Q 2: How will this help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

This PS 62 school is not only supposed to power more than itself by being made out of solar panels, but it’s supposed to have the highest quality and the newest and best technologies. Though teaching should remain to its roots, the world and its demands are changing. Therefore, I can only see the ‘advancements’ of the school only helping the teachers. I don’t really see any ways that the technology of the school can hinder teaching. If it does comes down to it, the pros highly out-weigh the cons in the debate between the advanced technology hindering or helping teachers perform their jobs. The new school will get the kids excited, as well as the teachers, to go back to school and teach. It’s things like these that make the United States of America bigger, better, faster, and stronger than other countries on the earth.

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