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Putting Smart Phones to Use in the ClassroomSubmitted: 04/03/2013
Story By Lex Gray


EAGLE RIVER - You probably remember passing notes in class as a kid. But as iPads replace notebooks, iPhones replace notes.

Walk into a classroom, and you can see kids sneaking looks at their phones under the desk.

But one Northland Pines High School teacher decided to bring them out of hiding and put them to use in the classroom.

"I started instituting a policy where students could bring them in but they had to be on what was considered airplane mode," said Ann Perry, a science teacher at NPHS. "They couldn't text on the phones. But I brought them in because our students don't always have devices to work on, so it was a great way to add to the content of what was being taught in class.

Right now, students are dissecting cats.

They made videos of each other's presentations to study for their midterm.

Perry wants the cell phones to stay out in the open so she can see what students are doing. She says parents should do the same.

"Parents should always be accessing what their children are looking at," she said. "If your son or daughter doesn't want to show you their cell phone, you need to demand it, you need to have those regulations, those guidelines, set up in the family first." (AP16)

The district also teaches cell phone safety to all grade levels.

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