Maury Co. encourages students to use smartphones in class

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- Students in two Maury County schools are no longer trying to hide their cell phones in backpacks or desks -- they have them out in the open.

That's because administrators have decided the best way to stop improper use of the devices in schools is to harness them. Since February, Hampshire Unit School and Spring Hill High School have encouraged students to bring their own digital devices to school twice a week to help with assignments.

Hampshire Unit School Principal Leigh Ann Willey told the Columbia Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/17EAJix) that the pilot program is centered on research.

Maury County Public Schools spokeswoman Kim Doddridge said officials hope to work out any kinks with the pilot program before the policy is implemented district-wide in 2013-14.


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