The Verizon Foundation announced the Innovative App Challenge last week. The prize, sponsored by Technology Students Association and the Verizon Foundation, will award ten teams nationwide $10,000 in cash grants and training from MIT professors. Verizon made the announcement at Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School, which recently incorporated smartphones and NOOKs in classrooms. According to the New York Daily News, the once-failing charter school received an “A” on its most recent report card. Students are also designing a mobile app.
Students said using technology such as tablets and smartphones is easier because they don’t have to go to the library and cheaper than buying books. Principal Catherine Jackvony said that before the addition of tech, students were struggling. She told the News, “Last year, we purchased laptops and hired a technology teacher. Between extra help for students and the technology, that’s built up scores, and we got an ‘A!’”