This has nothing to do with our assignment this week, but I couldn't help but shout for joy as my local school district has changed their cell phone policy.
Now phones are allowed in all common areas, such as the cafeteria and hallways. And it is completely up to the discretion of the teacher as to how phones can be used inside the classrooms. This is a complete '180' compared to last year, when the use of all cell phones in the classroom was banned. I have never considered my home district, in which I sub frequently, to be particularly "forward thinking," but that has certainly changed now.
Of course, there are still limitations. A teacher cannot force a student to use his/her cell phone to send a text or get on the Internet. But that option is there now. It's an amazing change. Kudos to the school district and the curriculum coordinator.