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placeholder  January 21, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Salesian announces 1-to-1 iPad Program

Salesian High School in Richmond will implement a 1-to-1 iPad program in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The program will provide all its students with an Apple iPad mobile device to use both at school and at home. Salesian is confident the new technology will inspire creativity and enhance learning. Students will be able to take notes, complete homework assignments and access online research resources on the school's campus wireless network.

Furthermore, the technology will allow instructors to incorporate interactive tools into their classroom activities.The new program will help reduce the burden of conventional textbook costs. By utilizing e-books on their iPads, Salesian students will eventually be able to get updated content each year at a fraction of the cost of paper books.

The iPad program highlights a technology initiative that Salesian High School began last year. In the past 18 months, the school has installed a secure campus network, allowing for Wi-Fi access for students and instructors. Bandwidth was expanded with the addition of a new fiber optic cable to handle the demands of mobile devices and e-books. In preparation of the program rollout, Salesian has conducted departmental meetings to collaborate and review ways to most effectively integrate the new technology into the classroom. And, the school partnered with Raina Leon, professor of Instructional Technology at Saint Mary's College, to facilitate the introduction of the iPad program and evaluation of its use in our classrooms.

Salesian believes this 1-to-1 program will offer the best educational experience to students recognizing the need for mobility and better student engagement. For more information, visit www.Salesian.com or contact Dan Hutson, director of marketing, at 510-234-4433, ext. 1413.

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