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Students using technology in the classroom

November 29, 2012 10:15:58 AM PST
Their lives already revolved around tablets, Nooks and other devices, so having more technology at school was a natural.

Sixth graders at the Bronx Academy of Promise charter school are working on a number of projects using tech devices.

Studies have shown that technology can contribute to student achievement. Educators here say their school has confirmed those studies.

"Since using more tech, they went from an "F" school to an "A" school," teacher Tammi Ann Trudel said.

Many of the students are entering a national contest, the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, to potentially win $10,000 for their school. Not only are the students learning about techonology, but their idea must also address a need or problem in their school or community.

A national survey has led the Not-For-Profit Technology Student Association to conclude that more technology should be used in schools.

"Technology is going to be forever changing, they're going to want more and more of it, and it needs to be more and more integrated into their world," Dr. Rosanne White, Student Technology Association, said.

For more information on the Verizon Foundation's Innovative App Challenge, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.

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