Tony Vincent’s recent post on “How to Cheat” is sure to ruffle a few feathers. He embeds and links to at least a dozen videos describing in detail how to cheat in class.

Oh no! What if the students find it????

*snort*

That was the reaction I got from many when I posted on TechLearning about how to bypass firewalls. It’s a subject near and dear to my heart.

But the point is, many of these students have actually discovered Google already. And they’ve learned that if they type in “How can I cheat on the test,” they’ll find more than just this blog post. As Tony sez,

The “Cheating Documentary” above ends with the voiceover, “So students cheat. It is something that will never die. The question is, can teachers keep up in the race against students and their ever-going creativity?” The answer is not keeping up–that will never happen. One answer is creating assessments that students can “cheat” on. Rarely are people without some device that they can use to look up a formula or definition. It doesn’t make sense to have school assessments so incredibly focused on memorizing information that is accessible anywhere and anytime. Unfortunately, emphasis in education is on “playing school” instead of learning what’s important for today’s and tomorrow’s society.

On a typical test, in a typical classroom, does anybody reading this honestly think they can prevent a highly determined student from cheating?

So what CAN you do? Be atypical!