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This fall, technology is in for students

With the summer drawing to a close, parents may be thinking about what supplies they need to purchase so that their children are ready for the new school year. In addition to the new clothes and notebooks of yesterday, more parents may find themselves perusing their local mall’s electronics stores, whether they attend public or private schools in New York City.

From smartphones to laptops, students of all ages are taking an interest in high-tech gadgets, The Associated Press reported on July 20, 2011. Technological device etiquette varies among schools. Institutions struggle to determine whether smartphones should be allowed, while others are focusing on how iPads can be used to enhance the overall educational programs.

“One of the biggest trends that we’ve seen is that technology is becoming a school supply,” Christine Mallon, vice president of retail marketing for Staples, told the news source. “Kids need laptops, they need flash drives. We’re seeing it in a very big way this year.”

Depending on what school students attend, they may be provided with their own iPad for classroom use. For instance, pupils in two humanities classes at one Long Island high school were given the Apple devices, The New York Times reported on January 4, 2011. Although only 47 tablets were distributed, officials from the institution hope that all 1,100 students will eventually receive them.