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Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

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Even as schools are figuring out how to deal with students cellphones, a new classroom distraction is emerging: smartwatches.

Credit: Angela DeCenzo/The Wall Street Journal

Educators complain that smartwatches are distracting students, or worse, encouraging them to cut class, text friends, and even cheat.

Teaneck, NJ-based education-technology coach Jeanne McVerry said although her district's tech-use policy does not expressly ban smartwatches, she strictly limits their use.

Georgia-based high school math teacher Diana Johnson said constant interruptions from parents texting kids on smartwatches or phones break students' train of thought.

Apple's new Schooltime feature allows Apple Watch wearers to block access to notifications and applications, including Messages, during school hours.

San Mateo High School in northern California requires students to lock cellphones into secure pouches that prevent their use during school hours; the school does not yet have policies restricting the use of smartwatches or other digital devices.

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