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Archbishop Stepinac Goes All-Digital With Textbooks

Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains will be using all-digital text books this year.
Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains will be using all-digital text books this year. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Archbishop Stepinac High School introduced a new concept to its academic program on Tuesday as it rolls out a complete digital textbook library for its students.

This program will eliminate the need for the traditionally heavy and expensive books that students use for their academic courses. In partnership with Pearson, a provider of educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services, Stepinac implemented the new digital library for its 675 students on their first day of the new school year. Stepinac has worked with Pearson for the past two years to offer select digital books to its students, but this is the first time all of its textbooks will be online.

“In keeping with Stepinac's commitment to remain at the forefront of educational technology, we have moved to this digital library,” said the Rev. Thomas Collins, president of Stepinac. “We are thankful to Pearson, the world's leading learning company, for working with us on this national pilot program that will set the trend for schools across the United States for years to come. The digital library will help keep our tuition affordable as well as prepare our students for their college careers.”

After a student is charged a one-time annual fee of $150, he can visit the 40-textbook digital library through a website or application for various Androids and iPads to gain access to its College Prep Digital Library and the Honors/AP Digital Library. Typically, students purchase seven hard copy textbooks for the school year, costing $500 to $600 on average.

Over the past two years, Stepinac has invested more than $1 million in infrastructure to support this customized digital library, said Frank Portanova, Stepinac’s vice principal. The next step will be to incorporate charging stations for laptops and tablets throughout the school.

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