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Should Schools Ban iPods to Halt Cheating?

When it comes to technology, kids are often the leaders of the pack. They'll learn to tweak the newest devices, decorate them with charms and they'll inevitably come up with ways to use technology to "beat the system" at school.

According to USA Today, some teens have actually started hiding their MP3 players in their clothes and using them to cheat during tests, which in turn has pushed schools to ban players during school hours. Here's more:

Devices including iPods and Zunes can be hidden under clothing, with just an earbud and a wire snaking behind an ear and into a shirt collar to give them away, school officials say.

"It doesn't take long to get out of the loop with teenagers," said Mountain View High School Principal Aaron Maybon. "They come up with new and creative ways to cheat pretty fast."

Apparently, the school enacted a ban on digital media players after school officials realized some students were downloading formulas and other material onto the players - an issue which seems to be troubling schools nationwide.


Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
My school, iPod or Zunes could be used in the classroom.
ohmondieu ohmondieu 10 years
Hmmm at my school ipods aren't allowed but most people bring them anyway. Most kids know they're gonna get caught if they are using ipods during class and no one wants their stuff confiscated! I never really thought of using them to cheat for tests but clothing is checked before the more important exams anyway.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Hold on - why do you all care if someone cheats or not? As long as your child, or you yourself aren't cheating, what does it matter? That person may get the same grade as someone who studied hard, but they won't come out ahead in the long run. Let people have their ipods. Either that, or you'll have to ban graphing calculators, and cell phones, and pens that have clear barrels... absolutely ridiculous.
anaisethenry anaisethenry 10 years
Uhmm, excuse me but what kind of teacher allows students to listen to their ipods while taking a test??
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
You go to school to learn, and leave the gadgets at home.
fulooped fulooped 10 years
They should be banned in classrooms, at least keep them out of sight when there is teaching going on.
smarler smarler 10 years
I don't understand why teachers would allow their students to be using an ipod during class in the first place. It's not like students during the 80s and 90s were listening to their walkmans during class.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 10 years
I think they should be banned from classrooms and especially during tests and exams, but not from the school campus. What about listening during a free period or lunch.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
There is no reason ipods should even be on a school campus at all.
catstarr catstarr 10 years
My cousin actually downloads chapters of audio books and uses them during english exams. Her friends record things and put them on their ipods to help them cheat and put those on their ipods. 1 person can ruin a good thing for everyone, but I say, leave em out of the class room.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
A couple of my teachers allowed us to listen to iPods in lessons. But everyone would automatically turn them off when the teacher was talking. In terms of during exams, the invigilators patrolled the room checking people didn't have any 'aids', so even if anyone wanted to cheat, it wouldn't be at all easy.
verily verily 10 years
Cellphones? Maybe I'm dating myself, but we weren't allowed to have pagers! I agree that iPods and cell phones should be banned from the classroom anyway. Lock 'em up in your lockers.
FlyrFn4eva FlyrFn4eva 10 years
iPods in classrooms? Maybe I'm dating myself... but when I was in grade/high school, we weren't even allowed to have cellphones in the building!
cgmaetc cgmaetc 10 years
When you are in class you should be learning and interacting, not playing video games or listening to music. Ban them from classroom use (along with cell phones). In the students free time at recess, lunch, etc, they should be allowed. -the ceeg
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I don't care if they're allowed at school, but they should not be allowed to come out of the backpack during class. How are you going to hear a lecture if you're listening to you iPod? Nuh uh. Pay attention and put your damn music away, you hooligans! :ROTFL:
MaryHmfn MaryHmfn 10 years
no. im in high school and we are the only school in the district that allows ipods and cellphones on campus. we want to take advantage of that. maybe just enforcing that rule during a test is better than banishing them at all. they should have the students put them in a bin or something before they take their seats, and then retrieve them later. ♥ MC
museanima museanima 10 years
Any school who allows ipods in the classroom should expect some cheating going on.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
Why would a student be listening to an iPod in the classroom anyway? I would never allow that.
hills hills 10 years
even tho ive just finnished skool and took mine, i dont reali think we should b allowed coz other people might cheat and its not like ur gna sit and listen to it while ur doing ur gcse's. so yea im for it being band from the class
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Maybe just ban them from the classroom.
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