Program uses smart phones to increase math scores


Project Tomorrow found that teachers rely “more on facilitation and less on direct instruction, encourage students to talk with and teach each other, and create relevance for students by creating assignments that help them see math in their world outside of the classroom.”

Teachers also use more internet-based tools to manage their classes, and they transfer their newfound skills to other devices.

For students, not only are they more proficient in math, but they feel more successful as well (85 percent).

“K-Nect tools and environment help students gain confidence in their math abilities, as they become more comfortable learning math (94 percent), talking about math (82 percent), and explaining their solutions (85 percent),” said the Project Tomorrow report.

When compared with other students, the report found that K-Nect students (61 percent) also have a greater self-perception that they are succeeding academically then their peers (39 percent) and believe that they are being better prepared for success (55 percent) than other students (45 percent).

Nearly 75 percent of the K-Nect students report taking additional math courses, and more than half say they are thinking about careers that require math.

Project Tomorrow plans to track the progress of these students as they enter post-secondary schooling as well.

“If I had to give one reason why this program is working, it’s because of the expectations placed on students,” said Kliewer. “When kids know we expect them to work hard, to do their best, and to succeed, they want to—and they do. We just have to give them the tools and encouragement to do so.”

Links:

Project K-Nect

Project Tomorrow

Southwest High School

Meris Stansbury

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