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Carrying a cell phone everywhere you go is commonplace for nearly everyone now - including kids in school. But should they be used in classrooms?

One school district in the QCA says - that's up to the teachers.

Erik Belby - a math teacher at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf says phones just simply aren't needed in his classroom.

"Our job is to teach them," Belby says. "If we would like to say forget about them, it's their job to learn. That might sound good but with all the policies from the state this year and every year regarding all students must learn and nobody left behind... We can't do that."

And while some teachers like Mr. Belby believe in keeping a tight leash on technology - others believe you have to embrace it to teach in a 21st century classroom.

Like Mr. Meyers- who teaches history just down the hall.

"What I've seen is that the instances of kids hiding it, sneaking it, texting when they aren't supposed to has all but dropped," Meyers explains, when explaining that more freedom in the classroom makes for a better learning environment.

And by making cell phones less taboo - Meyers says he has found more ways to use technology and apps in his lessons and day to day interactions with students.

"One app," Meyers explains, "Allows kids to text me without actually knowing my number or vice versa. I can send out reminders for homework. And if a kid has a really good question about a concept, I can actually send it out to everyone in the cell and then the other kids can answer the question."  

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