Essay on Cheating With Technology

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Cheating in an Academic Environment

Pressures from society to obtain a successful career require achieving an education in most cases. In today's economy having a thriving career could depend on our educational background as part of the ingredient to fuel our lifestyles. Students attending high school or college can relate to the pressures of sustaining adequate grades. Students who are overwhelmed with trying to maintain higher GPA standards push the academic barriers using technology to cheat. Our society is more advanced with technology such as computers, cell phones, text message systems, as well as various other electronic devices that could provide the avenue for a desperate student seeking a way to cheat in order to receive a
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These new technology forms of cheating are otherwise known as "crib sheets". In addition, students are using their cell phones to instant message questions and answers as well as storing notes on their graphing calculators. Other devices are camera phones, text messaging, PDA's that are also being used. In a California High school, students used a device called a KEYKatcher; a battery-sized cheating device used to record computer keystrokes, to capture a teacher's password and steal tests and answers. Students create what is otherwise known as" crib sheets" ( J.D. Heyman, 2005). Downloading from the internet is the most common form of cheating that takes place today (Heyman, 2005). Several internet sites such as, offer students, for a fee, a large selection of papers. In class cheating has become so common that it has become "normal" in some cases, states an anonymous student from Rutgers University (Current Events, 2004). Some students will do what it takes to succeed in life even if that means cheating. The important thing is that the students want to get ahead, but are taking the easy way out. Donald McCabe, a study researcher, of Rutgers states," I think kids today are looking to adults…for a moral compass, and when they see behavior occurring there, they don't understand why they should be held to a higher standard" (Heyman, 2005). When we search for the recent statistics of students using

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