Seneca Valley students use cellphones, tablets laptops in classroom as part of pilot program

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Seneca Valley School District is incorporating banned technology into its classrooms.

Students are able to use their cellphones, tablets and laptops in school as part of pilot program.

The pilot program involves 13 teachers in grades 7-12 and 1,000 students.

Mr. Donoti’s seventh-grade history class is one of the first to allow students to use the Internet in class.

 “It’s really fun.  Before it was boring.  I didn’t pay attention that much, and now I’m all into it,” said student Kaitlyn Jesionowski.

 “Kids love technology.  It makes class more fun,” said student Jason Skamla.

 Superintendent Tracy Vitale is excited about the program.

 “To allow kids to bring in technology is a natural fit.  It’s how they study. It’s how they learn,” said Vitale.

The program could include all students in grades 7-12 in January if it's successful with the smaller group.