An exciting project recently released findings, highlighting that the use of smart phones led to increased student math comprehension. The project called Project K-Nect began two years ago in public high schools in North Carolina. At-risk ninth grade students in several schools received smart phones to access supplemental Algebra I content aligned with their teachers’ lesson plans and course objectives. The results? Project Tomorrow evaluated the program and found that those students who used the smart phones were more successful on their North Carolina End of Course assessments.
What struck me when reading the article was that it seemed that the use of the smart phones served as a catalyst for pedagogical shifts – more student collaboration, teacher facilitation, less direct instruction, peer teaching, etc. So, the gains can not simply be credited to smart phones but to the “whole package”. If it takes a smart phone or [insert technology of choice] to change pedagogy, it’s worth the investment.