First some schools started to ban cell phones after discovering students could cheat by text messaging answers to each other.

Now, schools are banning digital media players, realizing they too are being used as cheating devices where students can download formulas and other materials. During exams, students are hiding these players under clothing, and behind the ear.

What do you think? Should they be banned or would rules be a better solution that wouldn't strip students of its benefits like increased motivation to study, recording lecture content, and using it to download educational material? (I know it particularly comes in handy for learning foreign languages)

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Good points. I read that technology-rich schools report higher attendance and lower drop out rates compared to the past. Technology also contributes to an interactive classroom, and enables relationship building.

For a teacher who embraces new technologies and social media in the classroom, how do you go about preventing abuse or misuse of the technologies that may lead to classroom disruptions, cheating, plagiarism, and harassment?
I agree whole heartedly with your comments. All the money being thrown at providing computers is wasted when access is denied! We teach our kids to swim so they won't drown, we make sure they have road sense so they can cross roads, and we give them trainer wheels for push bikes so they can master the art. When it comes to the online world we stifle to the point where students believe we have a worse-than-second-rate system. They simply turn off.

As far as managing the misuse of the technologies - I have not been confronted with that yet as I have come from a primary school background. I am about to step into the secondary arena with a new job commencing in a week! I am wondering if our current assessment practices are all that relevant in a digital world. Harassment is another story and one that needs to be considered carefully by the whole school community with a consistent whole school approach. Zero tolerance.

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This is true in Private Universities ... Most are at what i call the bleeding edge of technology --- if they get cut deep enough to bleed they will put a band aid on it!

I have moved all my course to an online world... you can prevent cheating and abuse by designing into your assessments! All my tests allow Twitter... I run the feeds during exams... And my lectures also, students tweet me and others questions and I can adapt to the knowledge level and questions in real time...making everything interactive.
Just one example!
David, how do you integrate these technologies into your assessments? For example, your Twitter approach to exams.
We are all speaking as adults not fully comprehending that their is a 6 year old out there writing code so that he or she can cause an avatar to move at their will. Life inspires from the bottom up regardless of the press focused on otherwise. Give me a two year old with a piece of string and I will show you the creativity that inspired and put man on the moon.

We have great visions but they are rooted in the past and thus do not serve our self interests in the present.
Institutional education is highly overrated in a world which moves at the speed of the entrepreneur
Certainly the intuitive creativity of a children is something we strive to cater to -- I think many of us spend many years trying to return to the "think outside the box" mentality and embrace our inner entrepreneur.

While you may feel that institutional education is overrated, it does have some elements that cannot be replaced by an LCD screen (yet). Not everyone is disciplined enough to adapt their own learning style, let alone adhere to a schedule. As well, there are a number of social benefits and communication skills that evolve from attending a physical learning environment.

Perhaps as more pedagogues embrace the evolution of technology and incorporate it in a real-time learning environment (a la David Armstrong), these institutions will provide a unique, modern and involved educational curriculum.

While I will agree that life inspires from the bottom up; it is up to us, as caring, responsible adults, to provide a structure and outlet for that inspiration. I think it's safe to say it would be in our own self interest to nourish the learning curve of our youth and that institutions are far from disappearing.
Knowing this, what are the next steps we can take?

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