Innovative ed-tech program in danger of ending

An innovative ed-tech program in North Carolina that uses "smart" cell phones to engage at-risk students in school is in danger of being disconnected, of Raleigh, N.C., reports. Project K-Nect, one of the state’s most recent technology programs, will run out of funds in June, and state officials have been pleading for more state funding to keep the program going. "We don’t have resources committed beyond June. This project is extremely successful," said project director Shawn Gross. There are 100 smart-phone devices now being used in ninth grade classrooms in schools across the state to help teach algebra applications. Gross said teachers have access to a portal system that sends students problem sets via the phones and tracks their progress. Interim reports on the project show that students are more engaged in their classrooms, and parents are becoming more involved in their children’s education. "The world is watching," said Gross of the project…
(Editor’s note: For more information on this project, see the story "Cell phones in schools: Opportunity or distraction?")

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