Schools link smarts, phones

By Collin Binkley, The Columbus Dispatch

Westerville North junior Noel Hilling uses her cellphone in her U.S. history class. Students were tweeting about the lesson; teacher Damon Mollenkopf keeps an eye on his tablet computer to watch their dialogue. “I can say, ‘Hey, this person makes a good point,’” he said. Teachers in some classrooms confiscate smartphones from students caught texting or surfing social-media websites. amon Mollenkopf doesn’t bother. The teacher at Westerville North High School actually encourages students to chat with one another on social-networking websites, with the hope that they’re talking about history. The kids can be having a separate conversation, but it can be quiet, on Twitter,” said Mollenkopf, who keeps an eye on his tablet computer to watch their dialogue.

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