Program uses smart phones to increase math scores

Overall, a greater number of K-Nect students at Southwest High School demonstrated proficiency on the End of Course exams in Algebra (91 percent), Geometry (90 percent), and Algebra II (81 percent).

Likewise, the report says more Dixon High School students achieved proficiency in Algebra (93 percent) and Algebra II (81 percent) than in the district or state as a whole.

Geometry K-Nect students at Dixon (65 percent) also were more likely to demonstrate proficiency on their End-Course-Assessments than students in a comparable class without smart phones (40 percent).

End-of-course assessment data and AP Calculus results for the 2009-2010 school year will be available later this summer.

“We’re extremely optimistic about the findings and what they mean for the future of smart phones in the classroom,” said Julie Evans, chief executive officer for Project Tomorrow. “Students improved their scores in math by an average of 20 percent, and this technology and wireless internet access ensures the equitable delivery of engaging instruction, bridging the persistent digital and achievement divides.”

She continued, “Project K-Nect and this report have significant new implication on how, when, and where we engage students in a learning process.”

A day in K-Nect

According to Kliewer, who’s been working with K-Nect since its inception at Southwest High School, the report by Project Tomorrow is not a glowing review of technology simply for technology’s sake: K-Nect has helped students discover their interest in learning—including her own son.

Meris Stansbury

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