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Teacher wants to change education using 40 iPads

Matt Wilson, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Garfield Middle School in Hamilton, Ohio, is asking for some help to outfit his classroom with a set of iPads, reports the Hamilton Journal News. For the month of July, Wilson’s proposal for a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project is one of around 1,000 proposals that are part of an online election to see who gets a $50,000 award. Titled “Let’s Change Education,” Wilson’s proposal would allow the purchase of 40 iPads and an iMac computer to help maintain and synchronize them, along with programs and accessories. “We wouldn’t need textbooks,” Wilson said. “It would essentially turn the classroom interactive. If I ask a question, then everyone could respond on the iPad and their answers would appear immediately on my desktop. It would make sure it wasn’t just the smart kids that are answering questions in class, but also those who are shy or just not engaged.” He added: “This grant would allow us to use the technology that the students actually use, the kind of stuff we take away from them when they walk in the door. When we do that, it dumbs them down, takes away their creativity.” The Pepsi Refresh Project will award more than $20 million this year, up to $1.3 million monthly in grants to the ideas with the most votes, according to the corporate web site…

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