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Raleigh Co. schools moving from textbooks to iPads

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — All public school students in Raleigh County will use iPads in the classroom when the new academic year begins.

The school system will assign iPad2s to every student in grades two through 12. Kindergarten and first-grade students will share an iPad Mini with one fellow student.

Superintendent Jim Brown tells The Register-Herald that school officials believe electronic learning will change the face of the county’s classrooms.

Brown says school officials plan to phase in electronic editions of textbooks over the next five years.
The agreement with Apple will cost the county about $7 million.

Board of Education president Rick Snuffer says the school system redirected funds from other sources to pay for the agreement.

Brown says the system also will save money by converting many classroom activities to paperless.

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