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      Some Nebraska Schools to Receive iPads for Ag Education

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      A few select schools across Nebraska will be receiving iPads thanks to the $5,000 DuPont Pioneer grant the Nebraska Corn Board received.

      The grant was matched by the board to total $10,000 for the purchase of iPads to aid classrooms in creating agriculture related learning experiences.

      Schools inKearney, Holdrege, Bertrand, Norfolk, Murray, Curtis, Plainview, St. Edward,Omaha, David City and Crofton will be receiving iPads this fall.

      The board accepted applications for the grant program from January 1 to February 28 and received over 50 applications.

      They had to narrow the group down to 20. Mark Jagels, district two director for the Nebraska Corn Board, said, "Narrowingdown the applications to the top twenty was very difficult. It isunfortunate we were not able to award each applicant with an iPad at thistime."

      Jagel said the board's goal in awarding the iPads is to reach more students with agricultural content as well as allowing the teachers to feel more comfortable with agriculture material.

      The board will also include a list of agriculture apps, webpages to bookmark, as well as conduct two classroom visits during the school year to aid in the students' agriculture education.

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