I am Heidi Roycroft, middle school teacher-librarian in Washington State. I have two sections of Information Technology as well as advisory and the library. I have had students use their cell phones in my Info Tech class but the school policy is that they be put away.
I like the idea of BYOD, however, the school needs to have some devices to loan out to those who don't have the technology because of the digital divide. I don't agree that pairing students up is the best answer to the problem of some students not having a device. iPod Touches would be a good alternative.