Classroom chicanery has become a hot topic – and not just among teachers.
A note making its way among Cobb County educators warns about the cheating potential of a new generation of “smart pens” that Santa could be bringing to students this Christmas:
All teachers should be made aware because it looks just like a regular pen and can be snuck into the classroom easily.
A student can buy apps which allows this simple-looking pen to supply answers to: the periodic table of elements; acrylic alkanes; details on U.S. history; correct spelling; perform mathematical equations; translate between English and Spanish; supply vocabulary definitions and so much more. It also is a recording device.
This all can be done without a teacher knowing it is occurring.
The pens run between $125 and $200, and are being marketed as study aids – particularly in college, but even in elementary schools. The New York Times reviewed the Livescribe Echo pen in September. Click here to read it.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider