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LIMA — Lima Central Catholic High School students will be handed an iPad when they arrive to school next year. They will keep the devices all year, which school officials believe will improve their education.

“We think this is the right thing to do,” school President Walt Klimaski said Thursday. “It is the right time, and it is going to prepare our students for the next level, especially as the educational process in Ohio is changing.”

School officials announced the one-to-one iPad implementation Thursday. It comes after much investigating of how other schools around the state and beyond use them.

Principal Kathleen Herpich said the iPads will help students in a time when the state is introducing new core content standards and new end-of-course exams to replace the Ohio Graduation Test. The state is moving to online tests.

The school, Herpich said, is looking at other methods of teaching — including blended learning, cooperative learning and project-based learning.

“A teacher can give students a lecture to take home and watch, or assign a video to watch and then the next day they are to come in ready to go,” she said.

Herpich expects assignments will be turned in via the Internet and that students will be able to go anywhere in the building to collect data and do research. Teachers will be able to put information from their iPads onto the Smart Boards in their classrooms.

The iPads are expected to alleviate current computer lab space issues. The school currently has two labs with nearly 25 computers in each. That is not nearly enough for the school’s 320 students and the staff.

Officials said the iPad program will provide immediate feedback and allow for greater interaction between students and teachers.

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