9 Gadgets Go To Class

Instead of banning kids' phones, some schools are starting to embrace them

Photo-Illustration by Bartholomew Cooke for TIME

Even though the vast majority of students own cell phones--something like 80% by eighth grade--more than half of schools prohibit the use of any mobile device. And yet a few pioneering administrators are considering a new approach called BYOT--bring your own technology. BYOT offers an elegant solution to an old problem. Instead of outlawing kids' devices, BYOT policies allow kids to take their phones or tablets to class and use them not just to Instagram stupid photos from Friday night but also to engage with one another in classroom lessons.

To many parents who use a cell phone to juggle the...

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