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PAWTUCKET â€” In recent years, the matter of students bringing their cell phones to school has been the bane of teachers everywhere. Yet, realizing that today's â€śsmart phonesâ€ť and other electronic devices can also serve as mini-computers, school officials are starting to re-think the policy that bans them from classroom use completely.
At Tuesday night's School Committee meeting, acting technology director Hersh Cristino presented school officials with the draft of a new policy that would allow students to use their own cell phones, Kindles, laptop computers, I-Pads and other electronic devices they may have while inside the classroom if it is under a teacher's direction. He said the intent was to have a nine-week â€śpilot programâ€ť at Shea and Tolman high schools to see how the policy goes.
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