The director of nonprofit Project K-Nect says the group's programs have been successful in boosting academic achievement in math among the majority of low-income and at-risk students. The program, currently in place in three states, aims to foster collaborative science, technology, engineering and math learning using smartphones and social networking. "The bottom line is we see increased student achievement and engagement because this is a media that students feel comfortable utilizing," Shawn Gross, the director, said.

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