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For years, schools have banned the use of cell phones in schools. But today, some schools are cautiously embracing smart phones as a student-friendly technology that can enhance lessons at little cost to schools.

"This is their life," said Barbara Horner, an eighth grade language arts teacher at the Emma C. Attales School in Absecon, N.J.

She shared student projects at the 15th annual "From My Classroom to Yours" technology conference March...

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