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Chinese School Uses Facial Recognition to Monitor Student Behavior

No snoozing in this class! Students in the Hangzhou No. 11 High School in the Zhejiang province of Chna are now being monitored by a smart classroom system, which uses facial recognition technology to evaluate student behavior.

According to Daily Mail, surveillance cameras installed in the front of the classroom would record students’ attentiveness and facial expressions. Behaviors are analyzed in six categories: reading, writing, listening, standing, hand-raising and napping. The data collected will let educators know if students are enjoying the lesson or if they are bored, and a list of students identified to be inattentive or distracted will be compiled as well.

The deputy director of the school’s education department, Yong Wenjun, said that the statistics could provide good insight in the school’s annual review.