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Schools getting smart in use of smartphones

3 years 5 months 1 week ago August 05, 2013 Aug 5, 2013 Monday, August 05 2013 August 05, 2013 7:48 AM in News

AMITE - Most school districts limit or prohibit their students from using cellphones on campus. But two schools in Tangipahoa Parish plan to use their students' smartphones for classroom instruction this coming school year.

It's an experiment in smart technology that other school districts also are considering.

The new policy is nicknamed BYOT -- bring your own technology.

Chad Troxclair, principal at Hammond High Magnet, said students will be able to use devices such as smartphones and laptops, as well as iPads, which the school began using a year ago after buying 247 of them through a federal grant.

Troxclair said students use the iPads to connect with teachers' smartboards, which are an interactive, computerized form of a blackboard.

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