Kids are sneaky. If there's a way to get their homework done faster by looking up the answers somewhere that isn't in their textbooks or brains, chances are, they'll consider doing it. It's usually not because they aren't smart or can't handle the workload, it's because they are clever, resourceful and have things to do other than school work outside of school.
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Kids have found sneaky ways to cheat by using technology — more specifically, apps. There's an app for everything. And even though they're being resourceful, they should still be held accountable for cheating — and likely will be held accountable by their teachers and schools if they find out. But hey, the accountability is totally up to you.
So if you want to keep tabs on the ways your kids might be using technology to cheating, check out the ways:
Photomath and yHomework are easy ways to solve math problems. For Photomath, all students need to do is hold their phones over the problem and the app scans it and gives the answer. It's a camera calculator that we kind of wish existed when we were kids.
And for yHomework, they simply enter the equation and they're given the full step-by-step solution — meaning, it shows the work for them!
Of course, as cheater-y as this is for kids to use, it might be an excellent tool to use when your kids come to you for help and you have absolutely no idea how to solve the problem. But they don't have to know that.
Oh, smartphones. They're just so...smart. Students put together group chats with their classmates where they share answers to homework, tests, quizzes, etc. They do it sort of undercover, just in case an authority figure comes across the chat (i.e. 1B, 2C).
Smartwatches have the ability to do anything a phone can do, only sneakier. Teachers tell students to put their phones away during exams, but they don't usually mention smartwatches.
So, for example, let's say a student has a vocabulary quiz. All he needs to do is take a picture of the answers, pull it up on his watch and get every single answer right.
If they have money (as little as $5), kids can pay someone to do their homework with just a few clicks. Fiverr is a service where you can pay somebody to do just about anything, including homework. Hopefully whoever they find to cheat for them actually knows a thing or two about the topic at hand.
Learning a new language isn't easy. In fact, mastering a first language can be tough. So it's no surprise that kids are taking advantage of programs like Google Translate and iTranslate that literally translate words and phrases by simply typing them in.
Maybe by seeing the answer, they'll commit the translation to memory. Meaning, the cheating will pay off! In a perfect world, perhaps.