Alberta bans student iPod use during provincial exams

“Alberta has banned students taking provincial exams from bringing iPods into examination rooms. Alberta Education added digital audio players such as iPods to the list of banned technology in March,” CBC News reports. “Ben Heshka, a Grade 12 student at Paul Kane High School in St. Albert, says students can easily cheat with an iPod.

“‘You can record stuff onto your iPod,’ he said. ‘Like just read out your notes and just record it as a song and just listen to it. That’s been known to happen.’ McManus is not aware of any incident involving a student using an iPod to cheat. Some high schools in Alberta allow students to listen to their digital audio players during study periods and even in some classes,” CBC News reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: One can only imagine what was going on before they banned them in March. Why did it take over four years to ban a device that can playback recordings during exams?

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17 Comments

  1. As I keep telling my wife, you’re never too young to be a curmudgeon! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    OTOH … one of these days I’ve got to decide what I want to be when I grow up – and maybe I ought to do that some day.

  2. When I was in HS everyone stored formulas and general notes for our calc/algebra classes in our calculators. This helped me more times than one, and was very discrete. I don’t think we’d get away with having an iPod because that just seems too obvious.

    Any teacher who would allow students to listen/look at their iPod (among anything else during an exam) are just plain stupid.

  3. Andy, the article said:

    “Alberta has banned students taking provincial exams from bringing iPods into examination rooms. Alberta Education added digital audio players (D.A.P.) such as iPods…”

    The operative phrase was “such as ipods”. They’re not picking on ipods per se but digital audio players.

    However the classroom nowadays is a digital nightmare. In all of our TAFE (like the community college system) classrooms mobiles are banned along with the usual suspects (eating and smoking).

    I’m running software to pick out online cheats (people who go online and purchase essays/reports). One of the other teachers caught a student cheating via a D.A.P. The student was made to repeat the subject. It was a Creative model by the way…that makes it twice as bad.

    I also have a policy of throwing students out of class if their mobile goes off (after two warnings). And I’ve banned students from listening to music in class. As I said it’s a digital nightmare.

    My concern with this article is what took the Alberta authorities so long to work out the problem. There’d have to be close to 100 million D.A.P.’s around the world. What planet are they on?

  4. Postscript to the above.

    On second thoughts, change in the education system moves at a glacial pace. You should’ve seen the reaction a couple of years ago when I asked if they’d purchase laptops so I could do Powerpoint presentations.

    The response was “What’s wrong with projectors?”

    It was only in the last ten years that they finally got rid of blackboards and my boss still keeps a few boxes of chalk in the cupboard (probably preparing for the apocalypse).

    In that respect the Alberta authorities were probably on the ball.

  5. I’m 38. When I was in school, I can’t remember ever being allowed to listen to music while I took a test. I would have pitched a fit if we were! I need silence to concentrate, and if you’re sitting next to someone listening to headphones, you can hear a “bzzt bzzt bzzt” of the music.

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