Note to Cobb teachers: Beware the ‘cheating’ pen

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

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14 comments Add your comment


November 30th, 2010
8:53 am

From a teacher, two words: oh lovely.

Who Cares?

November 30th, 2010
8:54 am

Simple solution. ALL writing devices in the classroom during tests and quizzes must be standard ole wooden pencils. Any other writing device on the desk, in the student’s hand, or visible at all will result in a grade of “0″ for that test or quiz. But that’s the way we’d have done it in my generation. I’m afraid we’re too afraid of people’s individual rights today to have the backbone to enforce such a simple yet effective solution. I really can’t believe that something like this can pose a threat to classroom integrity. Come on folks, use a little common sense and don’t let the tail wag the dog. We’ll continue to pay for this spinelessness in our society as time progresses. Back to the topic, the only writing devices allowed during tests and quizzes are the old wooden pencil. Period! Next?


November 30th, 2010
9:10 am

the students who cheat could work on wall st

Give me a break

November 30th, 2010
9:20 am

Why should we be surprised? The latest election showed lies, cheating, etc. Our college teams cheat recruiting players. The kids are just following our role models.

Joel Dockery

November 30th, 2010
9:29 am

We don’t want the children to cheat on the standardized tests. The teachers and administrators will do it for them!

Grammar Queen

November 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Who wrote this note? I ask because “snuck” is not a proper form of “sneak.” The verb should be “sneaked.” Also, the list of tasks the pen can perform is not parallel. Finally, “teacher” in the third paragraph should be “teacher’s.” Seriously, did this note come from someone with the Cobb County Board of Education?


November 30th, 2010
9:46 am


November 30th, 2010
9:47 am


November 30th, 2010
9:50 am

TO WHO CARES: I’m pretty sure that’s still the way it’s done. So calm down, fella.


November 30th, 2010
9:59 am

“The kids are just following our role models.”


Capitol Avenue Cal

November 30th, 2010
10:22 am

How many of you never fudge on your income tax returns? It’s the American way!


November 30th, 2010
11:57 am

And that is why God made pencils to be used on tests.


November 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

You have got to be kidding!!! Use pencils!!!

Alabama Communist

December 1st, 2010
1:01 am

Let the smart Pen teach the class and forget the teacher…….a cost cutting idea by the Tea Party Republicans……..However, it appears that dumb Pen is now the tool of the Pop culture and 1/2 Governor Sara Palin has a monoply on it………