Students at Palo Alto High School are encouraged "to use and bring their (electronic) devices" to school, Principal Phil Winston said.
"There is a general policy about electronic equipment that says you can have it on campus as long as it is not distracting or interfering with learning," Winston said.
"With the rapid pace of technology, this is a policy we are hoping to revisit and adjust to what students' worlds are like."
The school has roughly 100 iPads available for student use, and Winston estimated that about 100 of Paly's 1,900 students bring their own laptops or iPads to campus.
"I would say that upwards of 95 to 98 percent of students have a device that allows them to access our wireless network or cell data towers," Winston said.
At Gunn High School, Principal Katya Villalobos said, "Students are allowed to use the laptops, etc., for educational purposes in class and can sign on to students' wireless (network) for the day."
Students may bring phones to school, but "they are inappropriate in the classroom," Villalobos said. Violators have their phones confiscated and sent to the office, where students can pick them up at the end of the day, she said.
"We have many teachers that incorporate students' devices to access the Internet and get information in class. It is a whole new world -- actually it is our students' world -- of consuming and producing information," Villalobos said.