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Posted on 31 Mar 2011 with 0 comments
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DERN last week reported on the effective use of simple cell phones in developing countries with a framework for implementation in education. This review focusses on the use of Smartphones for learning mathematics. A Smartphone offers more complex computing power than a simple cell phone eg address book, calendar, notes, and usually has a touch-screen based on haptic (touch) technologies. The Project K-Nect in Onslow County in North Carolina conducted a pilot study of ninth grade students learning mathematics using Smartphones. In a short evaluation report (6 pages) by Project Tomorrow it is stated that, 'Students feel more successful in math and demonstrated higher levels of maths proficiency' (p. 3) and 'mobile devices within instruction ... increased student engagement in school and learning (56%)' (p. 2).

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