It’s no secret that students can use technology to cheat. They can use text messages to send each other test answers, or a cell phone camera to capture questions on a test so others know what to study. Cell phones are banned from many schools.
Now, Shvoong.com, a site that offers abstracts and other schoolwork help, is launching a tool called Shvoong Homework. The program will allow classmates to post class notes and assignments. It also alerts classmates when a peer adds notes or answers a homework question.
Says the company: “Class materials are available online at all times. … Catch up by reading fellow classmates’ summaries and homework assignments.” It also says “there’s no need to ask for permission if the writer already chose to share the content.”
Perhaps it’s a way to allow students to have group study time from their individual homes. But it also sounds like it could be a way for students to see who’s doing the homework first and get a hold of their answers – in essence, cheat.
Do you think technology in schools can go too far? Do you think it would be good for your child to use Shvoong? Tell me why, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy K. Kleinman