Apple recognizes New Rochelle teacher's use of tech in class

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The tech giant Apple has recognized a New Rochelle English teacher for his use of technology in the classroom.

Anthony Stirpe has students read short stories and poems, but instead of having them write essays about them, he has the class create video stories using iPads.

"They are creating substance," Stirpe says. "What they make matters and has purpose, and people watch it, and that's not something that usually happens in a traditional English class."

Stirpe's nontraditional methods are now gaining national recognition. He recently returned from Chicago, where he was one of four teachers Apple highlighted as the company announced its new iPad, which is geared toward schools.

Stirpe says not only is the class fun, but it preparing students to be tech savvy for future careers that will likely need creative minds.

Most of the technology Stirpe uses is donated. He says he hopes to add more tech tools to his classroom next year as he prepares to teach three English classes that focus on film.

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