COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The days of teachers telling students to put their cell phones away in class may be coming to an end in Collier County.
School Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton says the district is getting ready to roll out the "bring your own device" program over the next two years.
She says students will be able to use their own personal cell phones and tablets in class to do interactive assignments.
Dr. Patton says they'll roll out the program in three phases, with the first eleven schools registering students' phones by the end of April. She says they'll get all devices signed up on the district's wifi, and students can share with others who may not have their own devices.
She says, "We were concerned, what if someone doesn't have one? They don't even think twice of sharing or many have multiple devices and they just give it to another youngster to use, so to see that spirit of collaboration among kids is exciting."
She says the process will save money as well. "But now with their own cell phones or their devices, what they'll be able to do in all their classes saving a $2300 expense a classroom to buy a clicker, so we get that and we're willing to jump out and do that."
She says using the technology helps bring the students' world into the classroom and gets the kids more engaged in learning.
Some students we spoke to said they like the idea.
Naples High School freshman Brianna Gill says, "I think it's a good idea, we're saving paper and time because everyone has a cell phone, everyone has an iPhone, but I also think it's a disadvantage because most students are not gonna just do that, obviously if you get a text you're going to answer the text, check facebook or instagram."
Fellow freshman Bert Newcombe says, "I think it'd be great because it helps you a lot, you can look things up, it gives you a lot of information that you might not know."
Vincent Adams says, "Technology is evolving over the times and its definitely gonna be greater and greater as we go into the future so I think its a great idea using technology and teaching kids how to advance with it. I would love to do that, substituting with the paper and pencil and everything, I would much rather use my cell phone."
But he knows he would have texting temptations.
"To be honest, yes but teachers will definitely start cracking down on that," he says.
Dr. Patton is traveling to Washington D.C. today to speak at a national conference on technology in schools tomorrow. She says Collier County is a trailblazer when it comes to technology.