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Jan 30, 2013 1:03 PM

School District Considers New Technology Policy

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A southeastern Kentucky school district is considering a request to allow high school students to bring their own technology, such as smartphones or tablets, into the classroom to work on assignments.

The Middlesboro Daily News reports Pineville teacher Matthew Shafer presented the idea Monday at the Pineville Independent Board of Education meeting, saying he has tested the idea.

"It has worked really well in my classroom," said Shafer. "I've never had my kids more engaged in research than when they've had it on their phone."

He said he required students to place their devices face down on their desk during class until directed to use it.

Pineville Principal Bill Keyes and two students also spoke in favor of allowing personal devices to be used for classroom activities.

One student, senior Annalee Adams, said when there weren't enough computers for all students during one assignment, some were allowed to use their phones to complete it.

"It is quick because we are used to using our phone and we can get to the website quickly," said Adams.

The board listened to the proposal, but did not take any action on it.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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