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In his 11th-grade U.S. history class, Amityville Memorial

In his 11th-grade U.S. history class, Amityville Memorial High School teacher Jonathan Klomp tells his class to use their cellphones to rate the president's speech about Osama bin Laden's death after watching it on the Smart Board. (May 3, 2011) Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

Some schools on the Island have begun incorporating cellphones and smartphones into classroom lessons, Newsday’s Joie Tyrrell reports.

Experts say the devices soon may be considered a learning tool, particularly for high schoolers.

"It's definitely a national movement," said Liz Kolb, a University of Michigan research associate and coordinator of the technology program for teachers at the university's School of Education, says in the story. "I am seeing teachers in California using it and I am seeing teachers in rural Maine using it."

But some Long Island school officials consider the phones a distraction and potential tool for cheating.

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