Nov 042004
 
Authors: Holly Bianco

Cell phones may be becoming more than just an annoyance in the

classroom.

Last January, students at the University of Maryland were caught

cheating through text messaging during a test, according to USA

Today article from 2003. The article also noted that there have

been reported cases of students using camera phones to take

pictures of exams then e-mailing them to friends. This problem

seems to be increasing as technology rapidly develops.

Even at CSU, professors are noticing cell phones and text

messaging becoming a more prevalent distraction.

“The other day I looked around the classroom and I saw people

text messaging,” said Joe Champ, assistant professor of journalism.

“Can’t they wait 30 minutes to get out of class before they do that

(text message)?”

Even students are beginning to notice this rising trend.

“I have never cheated using text messaging but I know people

that have,” said Emily Short, CSU freshman photography major.

Short said some of her teachers have already started taking

better precautions in the classroom by not allowing people to bring

any personal items such as a purse or cell phone during test days.

Yet, she also said the idea of banning phones from class is a

drastic measure.

“I believe that kids can use them to cheat and they can be

distracting,” Short said. “But I don’t think they should be banned

from the classroom in case of emergencies,”

Some professors are now aware of this technological cheating

method and have their eye out for any cell phone use during exams.

Champ said he walks up and down the aisles of his classroom during

a test for the sole purpose of catching cheaters red-handed.

“I have never caught anyone cheating by using text messaging,

but I have caught people cheating,” Champ said.

According to an article in The Daily Camera from 2003, faculty

at the University of Colorado-Boulder, are warned to look out for

new, “high-tech” cheating methods.

Aside from cheating, some students believe text messaging to be

a great technological development.

“I think it’s a huge advance,” Short said in defense of this

technology.

Some students agreed that text messaging is not a current threat

to classroom cheating and phones should not be removed from the

classrooms here at CSU.

J�an Hadziathanassiou, a junior business management

major, said that one reason cell phones should not be banned from

class is for the sake of non-traditional students who need to get a

hold of their kids and families.

Hadziathanassiou said cell phones rarely interrupt his classes

and that “it’s never enough to lose concentration.”

CSU has yet to ban cell phones.

“It doesn’t matter if you ban it or not, I think students will

find a way to get around it especially in large lecture hall

classes,” said Julianna Korman freshman business major. “So I think

that banning text massaging would be an unnecessary action.”

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