Smart phones now have hundreds of applications meant to educate kids, from graphic calculators to animation programs that teach spelling and phonics. And while most public schools don't allow the devices because they're considered distractions (and sometimes portable cheating tools), some school districts have started to put the technology to use, reports the Associated Press. The key, educators say, is controlling the environment in which they are used. In St. Mary's, Ohio, a school district of 2,300 students is continuing a pilot program where third, fourth, and fifth graders are assigned smart phones for use as a learning tool in...

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