MARINE CITY — Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School received 25 new iPad Pros and four wireless hotspots on Thursday donated by Archdiocese of Detroit.
The Archdiocese of Detroit had some extra iPads, said Melissa Lipsmeier, interim superintendent for the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. They wanted to give them to some of the smaller schools in the diocese that would most benefit from the technology upgrades, Lipsmeier said.
“It eases the school’s budget to not have to worry about (technology upgrades),” Lipsmeier said.
The Archdiocese created a list of eligible. Lipsmeier said the team wanted to split the tablets between one high school and one elementary school.
Four high schools were on the list. So the office wrote the names of the four schools on slips of paper, dropped them in a cup and prayed, Lipsmeier said. When the slip was drawn, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School was the winner.
“Our music department is really excited about it,” said Jason Petrella, principal of Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School. “They can use it for instruments and for digital music.”
The school’s robotics group will also be able to use to the tablets for programming robots on the go, Petrella said.
Robert Kehrig, a senior at Cardinal Mooney, was present when the iPads were dropped off.
“It’s pretty cool, I wish we could have had them freshman year,” Kehrig said.
Visual arts instructor Andrea Lazar said the tablets can be used for studying digital media. Students and use a stylus to draw or paint using the iPad.
“Say a student uses an iPad, takes it home, creates a beautiful illustration — it doesn’t just have to stay on the iPad,” Lazar said.
Students can draw on the tablet, then move the file to a desktop for further editing or distribution.
For 30 years, the Archdiocese of Detroit has been in partnership with Sprint, according to a news release. The Archdiocese leases bandwidth to Sprint for credits. The credits are used to acquire Sprint services and products.
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