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Study: Smartphones in algebra class increase student achievement (Edweek)

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

New study found that using smartphones for algebra class increased students' achievement:

“It has changed the way I feel about math,” says Janet Cagle, a sophomore at Dixon High School who took geometry through the Project K-Nect program during her first semester this school year and now uses her smartphone for Algebra 2. “I used to think it was just letters and numbers—you get an answer and move on. Now I can look up why you do things or who came up with different ways to do the math problems.”

Have you utilized smart phones in any of your classes to change how a kid feels about a subject? I found this really powerful!

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High School Math Teacher

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Thanks for posting this comment and article. I let my students use phones in class. They can use grapher if they have iphones or look up applets etc. It has inspired some of them. But I'm worried about SES problems related to smartphone use.

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I love this article. Thanks for sharing - I have forwarded to many. We are doing a Pilot Project in our school introducing social media into multiple subjects. It has been a really exciting experience and we are getting great feedback. It has only been operative for about 7 months, but showing great promise. We have found that using social media (smart phones, blogs, microblogs, wikis) has really increased engagement and encouraged creative thinking. I love to read about how others are using this technology. Thanks for this!

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