The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 12, 2013

Creative concept

The Register-Herald

— Every day, the digital world and technology seem to be changing. It has made our world a different place.

As state leaders continue working during the current session of the Legislature toward reforming education in West Virginia, school officials in Raleigh County are delving into forming a relationship with Apple to expand technology in our local schools.


A 12-member team from Raleigh County recently traveled to Virginia to meet with Apple officials and the parties discussed creating a training lab that will have specialists that specifically work on teacher training.

“We learned how drastically technology can change the face of the classroom. The tools they shared with us really got us excited,” said Raleigh County Superintendent Jim Brown.

Brown also called the visit one of the most “professional, exciting and invigorating experiences” he has had as an education professional.

Digital textbooks, that will empower both teacher and student, are something that students are “yearning” for, added Raleigh Schools technology specialist Mary Ann Foster.

In a story that appeared in our Monday edition that highlighted the Raleigh schools meeting with Apple, the thought of actually involving students in developing their own textbooks was mentioned. That is something that we should all marvel at because it will directly lead to more individualized attention, something that’s always been difficult to achieve.

Engaging students in learning has always been the challenge for teachers; bringing both the kids and teachers to the cutting edge in cooperation with a company like Apple is the kind of vision we need to accelerate the learning curve and begin to make our students more competitive globally.

It surely seems that our local school system leaders are on to something here that can literally make a world of difference for our kids. We hope they will continue to push forward as quickly as possible to bring this type of learning to our classrooms.

It’s some of the best news we’ve heard about advancing educational opportunities here in a long, long time.