1. The next phase of Kanawha County's digital learning program started today when students at Riverside High School were given iPads.
  2. It's happening a few months later than originally planned -- student deployment was originally scheduled to being in October at Herbert Hoover and Elkview Middle schools -- but school officials have said they wanted to be sure teachers were properly trained on their own iPads they received over the summer to ensure they would be ready to facilitate learning through the devices.
  3. It's a bold change for West Virginia's largest school system and one that has been in the works for more than a year. In June when the school board announced it had reached a five-year $15 million lease agreement with Apple, Inc. and that iPad deployment would begin immediately, Superintendent Ron Duerring was ecstatic. Clapping, he said, "We did this. We've been working for years to get here."
  4. While Riverside students will get to brag about being the first to get iPads, school officials say the rest of county students should start receiving their own devices next month. Technology director Leah Sparks said deployment in middle and elementary schools will take longer because an Apple policy restricting iTunes access to anyone 13 or younger will require the county to obtain parental release forms for those students. "Barring any weather issues like we had last year, everything should be out by spring break," Sparks said.
  5. The program has its detractors, but overall students, teachers and county officials are excited. There are still elements of the program that need figured out, but school officials say they are being cautious to make sure things are done correctly.
  6. This is a developing story. Be sure to follow @KCSlearning2020 on Twitter for updates from the school board and check charlestondailymail.com in the coming weeks for a more in-depth look at the program, its potential shortcomings and what it means for the future of Kanawha County's education system.
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