Cash-strapped school districts are adopting bring-your-own-device policies in greater numbers, encouraging students to tote their tablets, smartphones or laptops as a way of gaining access to online resources. "We have to set the expectation for students to read, write and use 21st century tools," says Jhone Ebert, the chief technology officer at Las Vegas' Clark County schools. Critics argue that these BYOD policies only serve to broaden the gulf between poor students and those who can afford mobile devices.

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