By Danni Ybarra |Staff Writer| There is a new app on the market designed to increase retention rates and improve grades at colleges by tracking student attendance. The program, Class120, created by Jeff Whorley and his team at Core Principle, seeks to “help students succeed in college,” as stated on their official website, by tracking student attendance and sending notifications to parents and/or school officials when students skip class. The app uses GPS to pin-point a student’s location. If they are not within range of a certain area, within a certain period of time, the app then considers the student to be skipping class and sends the notification to their parents or … [Read more...] about Student tracking app hopes to improve grades
By Suu Elen Manzano |Staff Writer| I don’t think students should use devices such as laptops, tablets or cell phones in the classroom because they are a distraction to others around them. Just the sound of the click-clack-click-clack of a laptop’s keyboard sends me worlds away from the lecture at hand. Not all students pounding away at the keyboard are actually taking notes either. Some are catching up on Facebook, sending e-mails, instant messaging or playing games. The unfortunate sucker sitting behind him will likely get distracted while trying not to gaze into his peers luminous screen. “I don’t want students to get distracted,” says Dr. Derakhshan, professor of Strategic … [Read more...] about Can’t keep your eyes off your classmates screen? Yeah, me either.