Adult Literacy XPRIZE students receive free smart phones for their participation

North Valley Occupational Center ESL Student Felix Manuel Ochoa proudly shows off the new smart phone he received for his participation in the past year’s XPRIZE Literacy competition.

After 15 months of field testing, a select number of adult students from the Division of Adult & Career Education (DACE) received smart phones for their participation in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE competition. After providing feedback, they also received a $5 Target gift card.

Over the past year students had the opportunity to boost their literacy skills using one of eight adult literacy apps downloaded to their phone. DACE was one of the prize partners in the national effort that involved over 12,000 participants in Los Angeles, Dallas and Philadelphia.

“When we utilize technology to deliver and provide access to engaging content – blended with high-quality instruction and other supports – we know that student persistence will increase and, in many cases, students will accelerate their progress in meeting language literacy goals,” said Joseph Stark, executive director of the Division of Adult and Career Education.

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