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Schools begin to embrace technology


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Schools begin to embrace technology
Monday February 25, 2013, 10:31 PM
The Record

Cellphones were once verboten on most school grounds, destined to be confiscated by a principal or stashed in a locker until the end of the school day.

Now, some districts are not only encouraging students to bring the gadgets to school, they are using them and other devices — laptops, tablets, even Nintendo DSIs — in class.

The about-face is a growing trend in K-12 districts nationwide, from Georgia and Wisconsin to North Jersey. Cellphones, laptops and tablets are relatively affordable, and rare is the teenager who doesn’t own at least one. As such, more teachers are incorporating Internet-based programs, applications and videos into their lesson plans, the 21st-century equivalent of the chalk and blackboard.

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