North Carolina's Project K-nect at NECC 2008

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Another great year at NECC – there are so many great sessions this week.  For me, it started off even before reaching San Antonio.  On my connecting flight from North Carolina (in Atlanta), we were in line with Kathy Schrock – WOW…an honest to goodness techno-star!!!

And then today, I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful exhibitor’s session at NECC focusing on Project K-nect which was implemented in four of our North Carolina high schools (Carver HS from Winston-Salem Forsyth County; Southern HS from Durham, and Dixon HS & Southwest HS from Onslow County).

Project K-nect is designed to create a supplemental resource for secondary at-risk students to focus on increasing their math skills through a common and popular technology – mobile smartphones.  Ninth graders in four NC public schools received smartphones during the Spring 2008 semester to access supplemental Algebra I content aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, as well as their teachers’ lesson plans and course objectives.  Students had the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with each other (using blogs, videocasts, instant messaging, etc.) to help them master problem solving skills.  The smartphones and cellular service were provided free of charge to the students and their schools due to a grant provided by Qualcomm, as part of its Wireless Reach™ initiative. 

For more information on this amazing 21st century project and future implementation – go to http://www.projectknect.org/

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Project Manager, Shawn Gross – Project K-Nect
Microsoft Booth @ NECC 2008 (San Antonio)

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