Using Smart Phones to Teach Math

A research base d approach (Project K-Nect) in North Carolina that has resulted in improvement in Algebra scores. While students are issued smartphones, the text and voice capabilities are modified so students are able to use the phones only text for specific purposes.   They are able to instant-message anyone participating in Project K-Nect, including students at other schools.

Some students have created blogs, movies, and graphics. The CSI theme has become popular, with math used to help solve crimes.  Students and teachers have expanded the project to other subjects and enthusiasm remains high.

How do you feel about this type of technology being integrated into schools? Are we promoting non-stop texting within our students, or is it a newer approach that will help to gauge our students’ interest in school, particularly math?

See the  Education Week article: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/03/18/26smartphones.h29.html?intc=mvs

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