It may not be long until it becomes common to hear teachers start a lesson by asking students to pull out their cellphones.
As schools try to add more technology during a time when they are receiving less funding, many will begin to consider allowing students to use devices they already own. That will include cell phones and electronic tablets like iPads.
The idea of the bring your own technology initiative is beginning to be used by schools across the country as a way they can save money by only buying devices for those who don't already own them. Cell phones and tablets can be used for research, interaction and storing digital textbooks, among other things.