Verizon has partnered with the Toms River Regional School District in equipping 100 fifth-graders with mobile learning devices. The "smart phones' are mobile computers but without the capability of either texting or making phone calls, and have software specifically for school assignments.
"These devices will change how students learn in the classroom," said Michael J. Ritacco, Superintendent of Schools.
Verizon provided the equipment and related services through a $250,000 grant. The program is the pilot for the state, said Mario Turco, Verizon Wireless' president for the Philadelphia Tri-State region.
GoKnow!, the smart phone's educational application, already is used in various schools. Toms River on Tuesday night introduced the devices to the students from Hooper Avenue, Silver Bay and West Dover elementary schools, their parents, and various people from the community, including Thomas Gialanella, Jackson schools superintendent, and Bruce Greenfield, Ocean County Superintendent of Schools.
"I think it's great. I like computers. Pencil and paper is boring," said Marissa Mascaro, a 10-year-old Silver Bay student.
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