Students in Joe Wood's science class at Somerset Middle School in Modesto, Calif., didn't have to hide their cell phones in their backpacks; instead, they used them to take quizzes, shoot photos for class projects, and create podcasts, reports the Sacramento Bee. Wood has since been hired as an instructional technologist for the San Juan Unified School District. He is among a growing group of educators who consider cell phones an important tool in the classroom. Proponents of cell phones in the classroom say they are battling years of negativity. Historically, educators have thought phones should be banned or confiscated....

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