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March 25, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU graduate picked among "20 to Watch"

Brad Wilson, a 2006 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate now teaching social studies at Fort Couch Middle School in the Upper St. Clair School District, is incorporating his computer interests and teachings skills with the popular iPad, a move that helped earn him a "20 to Watch" rank by the National School Boards Association's Technology Leadership Network.
More than 100 teachers from across the U.S. were nominated for the honor.
As a finalist Wilson garnered a recent feature story in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
"If you use technology well, you can meet each student at their level," he told the newspaper. He uses the devices and the Internet to encourage students to investigate issues in the news. 
Wilson, a 2002 Upper St. Clair High School graduate, is a curriculum leader at the school and helps train other teachers to use iPads and Google applications to help student learn better.
"He is a tireless worker,"Joseph DeMar, principal at the school. Patrick O'Toole, the district's superintendent said. "Mr. Wilson has been at the leading edge of technology."
The district is considering expanding student use of iPads to additional classroom in the middle school.
In addition to his SRU degree, Wilson earned his master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Gannon University. He is working toward a doctorate in instructional technology and leadership at Duquesne University.

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