Mobile devices are traditionally considered a nuisance in schools, Northwest Public Radio reports. But a Portland startup is developing a way to turn students’ cell phones into classroom tools. Some teachers and students across the Northwest are using the service. And now it has the blessing of the Oregon Department of Education. It’s seventh period at Portland’s Madison High School, and teacher Kim Kanof is starting her social studies class. Today’s topic is the big fall essay. The students have pencils and paper ready, but they’re not being used. Instead almost every student is on a cell phone, texting. "What...

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