West Virginia High School Ditching Textbooks For iPads

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McMECHEN, W.Va. (CBSDC/AP) — One Catholic school in West Virginia is abandoning textbooks.

Starting this fall, freshmen and sophomores at Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen will get an iPad instead.

Principal Tom Wise tells WTOV-TV the goal is to remove textbooks entirely and move to a curriculum based on the tablet.

“Our goal is 100 percent total integration, changing our curriculum from textbook-based curriculum to iPad- based curriculum,” Wise tells WTOV.

School officials are buying about 60 devices for the two classes after securing a $25,000 donation from supporters.

Wise says textbooks can become obsolete within a year.

He says the school still needs funds to equip the junior and senior classes.

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