Not long ago it would have been called cheating, but students at a Sydney girls’ school are now being encouraged to take their phones, laptops, and MP3 players into exams and even phone a friend if they want help with a question, reports ABC News. The new style of exam is being trialed at the Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC), where teachers say it is a better way to assess the online and verbal communication skills that students need to function in the modern world. The students themselves say having access to their phones and the internet did not make the assessment tasks any easier and tested their time-management capabilities to the limit. PLC headmaster William McKeith devised the experiment after the hearing the views of international education consultant, Marc Prensky, who advocates the use of modern communication devices in exams…

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