Have you ever cheated on exam? At school, college or university? No? Impossible! Statistics show that over 50% of pupils/students have ever done it. Cheating doesn’t mean inability to learn the subject or being stupid or lazy, but a lack of interest in a subject or a trivial lack of time. A “Cheat Sheet”(Crib Sheet) is a harmless way to receive a good grade by saving time and avoiding headaches.
No one knows who was the first to make a cheat sheet. But one thing is clear – it was a man of ideas, initiating an enormous road, trampled by many generations of students. However, in the age of high technology students learn to use the newest devices, and teachers find it more and more difficult to watch over the cheaters.The more cheaters aren’t caught, the freer students feel about this. Every day there is a lot of new technologies, and their penetration in the classroom was only a matter of time. Eventually technology is a significant part of student life.
There are several most popular ways of cheating:
1. SMS (text messages). SMS marked the beginning of cheating with the help of high technologies, when students realized they could communicate with people outside the classroom and easily get answers. This method is risky because you will have to write SMS quickly without being noticed by a teacher/professor.
2. Cell phones with built-in digital cameras. To cheat by MMS method you need only two conditions: MMS settings on the phone and a camera with high resolution. Examination question is photographed and sent to a friend, and then he sends you an answer. This method is less risky than SMS and takes less time.
3. MP3-players and other audio devices. Another great opportunity to cheat: you write notices yourself, transfer audio files to Mp3-player and reproduce them on exam. The famous iPod is a very popular audio device used by students. You can easily put the earpiece into a sleeve or hide wires under a hood or scarf. IPod can also display images and video that is very useful in exams where you have to draw a table.
4. Calculators. Programmable calculators can save text, formulas and even pictures. Moreover, they are not always prohibited in exams.
5. Wireless headphones. Tiny earphones are put in ear, and because of their size a teacher/professor can’t see them. A small hidden microphone is used to dictate a question, and you can whisper it (or “cough” at your question, while the announcer is reading a list of questions).
6. PPC. These devices can transmit information at a distance using infrared, Bluetooth or wireless Internet access (if your school/university has it). Even without a local wireless access so many pocket PC have access to the network using cellular technology, so you can access from anywhere.
7. Invisible Ink Pens. Clean sheets on the desk won’t interest a teacher/professor. Naked eye can’t see the ink, which appear in invisible light, usually located on the other side of the same pen.