Not so long ago, most school districts had very strict policies: Leave your cellphones and laptops at home.
The schools would provide any technology a student needed. Often, there wasn't much. But now with districts racing to adopt 21st century learning techniques while facing budget realities, educators are starting to rethink how they view the gadgets kids bring to school. "We go on the premise that if they can use it for the Web, you don't have to worry about which device they bring," said Christopher Troetti, principal at Bethel High School.
Last year, the district decided to allow high school students to bring to school any online devices they had - smartphone, tablet or laptop - for use in class as teachers saw fit.