As school districts battle student distraction, smartphones take center stage

NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.
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NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.
 / PBN PHOTO/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM
The power of the smartphone to bring worldwide connectivity to the palm of a hand has transformed people’s daily lives. In public school classrooms, though, that tool presents a significant distraction. As a result, several Rhode Island school systems have been grappling with how to allow students to use their cellphones only when it doesn’t…

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