PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A ribbon-cutting was being held this afternoon at a South Philadelphia Catholic high school for the first-ever iPad lab for students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

John Murawski, president of Neumann-Goretti High School, says the new lab is the result of a generous gift by the Class of 1960 of Bishop Neumann High School.

“They came to the administration and asked what they could donate,” Murawski recalls.  “We gave them a few suggestions, and they came back to us with the interest of funding the iPad lab.”

There are 30 iPads in the lab, so teachers can bring in an entire class and use the lab as an instructional tool.

Robert Selig is the technology teacher at Neumann-Goretti.  He says this new technology can give students a closer view of history, among many other topics.

“During World War II they used to get their news before movies, at the theatre.  There’s an app out there that has all those (newsreels), where you can play them all individually,” Selig says.  “It’s like you were there waiting for your movie to start.”

“It’s a great idea — I like it a lot,” says junior Liam Dougherty of the new iPad lab.

What classes does he think will be more interesting with the iPad?

“I hope all of them,” he said.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

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