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Smart devices a boon for students learning in Collier County

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Fourth grade classmates Mackenzie Mansberger, 9, left and Emma Lippert, 10, right, complete a science learning module on their tablet while writing answers down on paper Thursday at Sea Gate Elementary School in Naples.  Students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones throughout the day, especially for science class. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.

Michel Fortier/Staff Fourth grade classmates Mackenzie Mansberger, 9, left and Emma Lippert, 10, right, complete a science learning module on their tablet while writing answers down on paper Thursday at Sea Gate Elementary School in Naples. Students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones throughout the day, especially for science class. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of "bring your own device" where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.

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Paige Howard, 6, left, and McKellan Welzbacher, 7, right, listen intently sight word assignment where they listen and then try to spell the word Thursday at Sea Gate  Elementary School in Naples .  They use their smartphones and tablets to work on assignments throughout the day depending on what the lesson plan is. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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David Rosenbluth, 10, foreground, works within the Edmoto communication system on his smartphone while classmates work on their group assignment on a tablet Thursday at Sea Gate Elementary in Naples.  Edmoto is similar to Facebook but student/classroom oriented and support for group messages only.  Students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones and tablets to work on a science assignment on how to identify minerals on Thursday. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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Fourth grade classmates Mackenzie Mansberger, 9, left and Emma Lippert, 10, right, complete a science learning module on their tablet while writing answers down on paper Thursday at Sea Gate Elementary School in Naples.  Students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones throughout the day, especially for science class. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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Sea Gate Elementary fourth grade teacher Caroline Burke works with 9-year-old Luke Murphy Thursday on a mineral identification assignment using smartphone and tablet technology.  Students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones and tablets to work on a science assignment on how to identify minerals on Thursday. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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David Rosenbluth, 10, left, Jack McElrath, 10, center and Zak Hernandez, 9, right, all fourth grade students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones and a tablet to work on a science assignment identifying minerals in December 2013.
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Fourth grade student Jack Boland, 9, background center, bounces ideas off his teacher Caroline Burke while classmate Tristan Robbins, 9, listens.  Students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones and tablets to work on a science assignment on how to identify minerals on Thursday. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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Left to right, Evan Freshwater, 6, Shawn Connor, 7, Paige Howard, 6 and McKellan Welzbacher, 7, work on a sight word assignment where they listen to a word and then try to spell it.  The four are first grade students at Sea Gate Elementary school  and use their smartphones and tablets to work on assignments throughout the day depending on what the lesson plan is. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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Sea Gate Elementary first grade teacher Melanie Butler goes over a QR code reader assignment with Evan Freshwater, 6, left, during class on Thursday.  Students at Sea Gate Elementary school use their smartphones and tablets throughout the day depending on the coursework. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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Paige Howard, 6, left, and McKellan Welzbacher, 7, right, listen intently sight word assignment where they listen and then try to spell the word Thursday at Sea Gate  Elementary School in Naples .  They use their smartphones and tablets to work on assignments throughout the day depending on what the lesson plan is. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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Luke Murphy, 9, left and Matthew Campbell, 9, right, both fourth grade students at Sea Gate Elementary school share a smartphone while working on a science assignment identifying minerals Thursday. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.
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Paige Howard, 6, left, and McKellan Welzbacher, 7, right, listen intently sight word assignment where they listen and then try to spell the word Thursday at Sea Gate  Elementary School in Naples .  They use their smartphones and tablets to work on assignments throughout the day depending on what the lesson plan is. Students today are digital natives and the Collier County School District has recognized this by initiating the concept of 'bring your own device' where students use smartphones and tablets in the learning process.

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