It's Happening: Cell Phones Are Being Used as In-Class Learning Tools

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For many, using your cell phone in class has been surefire way to get a one-way ticket to the principal's office, but several Chicago area schools are now allowing their students to get away with texting, taking pics and talking on their cells...but as a learning tool.

"It's one of those things -- if you can't beat them, join them," said Jill Bullo, principal of Wheaton North High School principal Jill Bullo told the Chicago Tribune.

Many schools across the country are amending their cell phone policies to let students use their phones in class under the supervision of their teachers. Texting your BFF about your latest crush probably won't fly, but you can use your phone in other ways that may even help boost your grades.

Do you take Spanish or French? You can use your phone's voice recorder to tape yourself speaking the language and play it back while studying. During lessons, you can also text yourself study tips or notes. One senior even found a away to put his phone's camera to scientific use.
John Cram, a student at Glenbrook North High School, once used his phone during a science lab experiment in which he was measuring the porosity of a cupcake. John took a picture of the cake, emailed it to himself and then opened the image in Photoshop so that he could precisely measure each air pocket.

"It was out of necessity, really. It was just a natural step," he said about using his phone as a learning tool.

We agree. Although we're sure people will find ways to abuse the privilege, other students may really benefit from the technology. And who doesn't want to get better grades? Does your school allow you to use your phone in class? If not, do you think the policy should be changed so you can? %Poll-54193%

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