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Updated: 3/20/2014 6:17 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - You might think some students are breaking the rules by using their smart phones in class, but that's not so at Milam Elementary in Tupelo.

The school is the site of a pilot program called Bring Your Own Device, or B.Y.O.D.

Assistant Principal Niki Peel said, "Kids are doing research, they're creating projects, presentations, photography and things like that. It's been a very successful pilot."

Students still have access to the MacBooks that are provided by the school to each child.

But educators say, allowing students to bring their own devices to school and use them to do school work on is an added benefit.

Teacher Kathy Corban said, "For the students who bring them, I don't even notice. It's just so seamless. They get out their devices when I say get out computers. The other kids get theirs out of the carts and it has gone smoothly."

Around 75 students, or 13 percent of the population here, participate.

Smart phones are the most popular device of choice.

Student Zion Sims said, "It's easier because I already know my log in. I don't have to worry about that. I already know how to access everything rather than just using a random computer."

Student Connor Thistle said, "When we have to do work at home on our own devices it's easier to get back on what you were doing."

School officials say they closely monitor use of the personal devices.

They say most students understand when here these devices are for school work only.

This pilot program for sixth graders will expand next year to include grades seven through 12 for students who choose to take part.
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