Smart phones used for learning becoming more popular

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The idea of allowing cell phones in the classroom has been up for debate. But more students are finding phones useful for learning and not just for Facebook. KEPR looked into how technology is creeping more into the classroom.

texting, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter -- the battle in schools is to keep up with the times -- without allowing distractions in the classroom.

Delta High School is taking full advantage of cell phones in the classroom -- the only school in all of Tri-Cities to fully jump on board.

Students are allowed to do research on their phones or computers during class. They can take pictures of what teachers have written on the board. And they can record themselves preparing for presentations. English teacher, Sarah Pack, is all for it.

"It takes about half the time for them to respond to these survey questions on their cell phones than it would do get onto a computer and load everything up and then do the survey questions so it really helps with the efficiency," said Pack.

The most popular app among the students is called Edmodo. It's like a Facebook platform just for schools.

"We were doing an assignment yesterday where you had to read a story and then write about a genre. And one of my friends computer wouldn't load...and he had his smart phone so he just wrote his notes on there and saved it on Edmodo," said Sophomore Bethany Frazier.

Pasco Schools are actively looking to allow cell phones to be used interactively in class. Kennewick says it's not a common practice right now. And in Richland, there is scattered use. It varies classroom to classroom.

"I'm sure later on in life they're gonna have more and more advances in technology and it's just gonna be more and more useful to be able to use that in class cause I know it's gonna help a lot with school work and what not," said Freshman Aaron Valdez.

But for now, smart phones will continue to find their place in the classroom.

Richland is launching a program called "Bring your Own Device" that allows students to use the district's Wi-Fi for their phones, computers or tablets.