By Brian Park

Mission Basilica School will be the first school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange to implement a new program that will provide an iPad to every student starting the next school year.

The program is designed to increase student engagement and help teachers personalize their lesson plans.

“It is important that we remain aggressive in technology and prepare our students for their secondary schools” said Principal Tina Rolewicz in a news release. “We want our students to be a part of how technology can improve learning experiences in the classroom.”

Faculty will undergo iPad training sessions on how to effectively use the technology in the classroom. IPad workstations will be introduced to students in kindergarten through the fifth grade and will be integrated with Smart Board touch-screen technology, which has already been in use for the past two years.

By midyear, the school expects textbooks will be available for the devices.

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