NEW YORK ‚ÄĒ As kids gear up to go back to school this year, backpacks may not only be filled with books and notepads, but with the latest cell phones, Palm Pilots, pagers and other personalized digital assistants (PDAs).
"The technology has just exploded as to what kids have available to them," said Mark Shoup, spokesman for the Indiana State Teachers Association.
From tracking homework assignments and grades to organizing schedules and phone numbers, Palm Pilots and PDAs have become as essential to the school experience as No. 2 pencils and ruled paper once were.
"Kids' lives are scheduled worse, or as badly, as ours," Shoup said. "They're just trying to keep their lives ordered."