Professorial Spy Games Take the Fun Out of Cheating

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In the eternal arms race that is teachers versus cheaters, the administration of the University of Central Florida has hit DEFCON-1. And they're doing it with technology.

The NY Times report that cheating is rampant in college classrooms doesn't come as a surprise nearly so much as the degree to which both parties are going high-tech. During UCF exams, for instance:

The 228 computers that students use are recessed into desk tops so that anyone trying to photograph the screen - using, say, a pen with a hidden camera, in order to help a friend who will take the test later - is easy to spot.

Scratch paper is allowed - but it is stamped with the date and must be turned in later.

When a proctor sees something suspicious, he records the student's real-time work at the computer and directs an overhead camera to zoom in, and both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence.

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Goodness. And that's not even to mention the extent to which students go to mask plagiarized papers from cheater-sniffing services like Turnitin. Cyrillic letters! Macros! And other schemes that are time-consuming enough to hardly seem worth it.

So what's next? Hopefully a return to simpler times, when you either glanced at your neighbor's paper or took your C- like a man. [NY Times via The Awl]

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Josh Southern

1. take a coke bottle peel off lable.

2. copy lable with scanner

3. where they have the ingredients, calorie info and stuff like that on the sides clear that all out

3. photoshop: notes, information, memory reminders, equations etc whatever will help you best into those spots where all the original info was.

4. reprint a new lable.

5. tape onto bottle.

if you need more room print on the back and just keep the bottle full untill you are taking the exam then just drink alil to reveal the back side