Every morning, Nikhil Goyal, a 17-year-old rising senior at Syosset High School in Long Island, opens his Twitter page on his cellphone and takes in the trending topics of the day. On the way to school, he peruses the news on his Kindle. Technology for him, as for many of his peers, is ubiquitous, and he uses it to stay informed.
But once he is at school, he is banned from using these devices because the adults in charge consider them distractions and potential cheating aids. Speaking at a recent panel on bringing technology into the classroom, Mr. Goyal and other students made passionate pleas to educators to embrace technology as a way to teach better. They said teachers should not let fears drive policy.