Nebraska Corn Board develops ag literacy program

The Nebraska Corn Board has developed an innovative new ag literacy project.

The board will provide free iPads to 20 schools across the state.  The iPads will be loaded with web sites and apps that will help teachers do a better job of educating students about agriculture.

But as Kim Clark of the Corn Board explains, it doesn’t end there.

“Twice a year, for any of the schools and classrooms that are the recipient of the iPad, we’ll go in and spend about a half-hour or 45 minutes, doing some teaching in the classroom with students,” Clark says, “and then we’ll use the iPad—the technology in the iPad, different web sites and apps—to do the teaching.”

Those schools or classrooms will also receive a monthly newsletter from the Corn Board updating them on agricultural education activities.

AUDIO: Kim Clark (3:47 MP3)

Funds to purchase the iPads come from a five-thousand dollar grant from DuPont Pioneer, which has been matched by the Corn Board.  Kerry Hoffschneider with DuPont Pioneer’s Western Business Unit says they’re proud to support ag literacy efforts like these.

“Students are on iPads, they’re on their phones, they’re on social networking—and so the iPad project is just one way that they can gain some information, not just about seed, but about all aspects of agriculture,” says Hoffschneider.

AUDIO: Kerry Hoffschneider (:46 MP3)

Nebraska schools will be able to apply to receive an iPad for their school or classroom starting January 1st.  More information on the project and the application process can be found on the Nebraska Corn Board web site.

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