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Utah school welcoming smartphones to art class

Instructor wants students to learn the opportunities, challenges of technology.

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He believes it’s important to let kids use their phones and other devices in class so they know how to use them appropriately when they enter the real world.

That’s why he tries to avoid calling students out during class when he sees them checking their phones. If they can do it and finish their work, great. If not, then he talks with them later.

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Innovators profiled in documentary, airing Thursday

Five Utah teachers have been selected for KUED-The Salt Lake Tribune Teacher Innovation Awards, which celebrate their creative use of technology in classrooms.

The awards were given in the categories of arts, math, language arts, science and social studies.

The winners will be profiled in a continuing Tribune series this week and in a half-hour documentary airing Thursday at 7 p.m. on KUED-Channel 7.

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"If it gets in the way of learning, then I might mention it," Feller said. "But I’d rather not. I’d rather they learn how to make those decisions.

"I’m trying to get the kids used to the idea that if they don’t do it," he said, "it’s not going to get done."

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