Xavier Gets Technology Upgrade

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Xavier High School is going high-tech.

The Catholic school will soon offer iPads to every student and teacher. Principal Tom Keating said he wanted to get the students more involved in the learning process.

“My feeling has always been, we shouldn’t have students come to school and watch teachers work,” Keating said. “It should be the students that are doing things during class and this device has really kind of gotten them to that point.”

Teachers said it’s vital for students to get hands-on learning experiences. School leaders also know the technology will prepare the students for the future. Especially as technology grows and changes every day.

Xavier already rolled out a few dozen of the iPads. Classes are sharing them until the beginning of next school year, which is when the school will bring in about 700 more iPads. Each student will receive one of the devices. Over time, students will even get digital text books on the iPad.

“Our students are much more a part of the learning process,” Keating said. “They are not just simply consumers of information any more. They are truly creators, collaborators and sharers of that information. I think it’s exciting.”

Students are already enjoying the new technology.

“I think it’s a good thing, because it shows how a smaller school is using them now. So, hopefully throughout the next few years more schools will adapt and use iPads,” said Xavier Senior Craig Murtha

Teachers made the recommendation for the school to get the iPads after studying other schools and attending conferences. The principal said money from the Xavier High School Foundation and a tuition technology fee will pay for the new devices.

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