ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Some students have dreamed of a day when they could take their gadgets to school and their teachers would encourage they get put to use.
The dream has become a reality at Charles Russell Elementary School in Ashland.
"On paper you feel like you are working more and on an iPad. You don't really feel like it; you feel like you are having more fun," third-grader Bethany Ledford said.
Teachers like Amy Ledford realize these are gadgets that are here to stay.
"It's not something I am willing to fight, Ledford said. "Because it's what I am faced with. As a teacher, I think things are going electronic and digital, and I think our children have already embraced it, and I think it's a little harder on me than it is on the children."
"They are pretty excited," Ledford said. "The first question they ask is, 'Ms. Ledford, are we going to be able to do an app today?' "
Her class is leading the way with the Ashland Independent School District's new policy.
But bridging the digital divide isn't as easy as just tossing the Kindle or iPad in a good old-fashioned backpack.
"We had to sign all kinds of papers to even have permission do this," third-grader Hope Harris said. "It took a hard time to do this."
"We have in our district about 3,000 students, but we reported about 4,000 devices being owned by students and staff," said Cary Williams, director of the Ashland Independent Schools Instructional Technology. "We wanted to develop a policy and plan that would harness those devices."
Which is why plenty of rules are in place.
The personal devices are registered, school leaders know the serial numbers, and they know what sites student are on.
"Even down to what classroom he accessed those sites in," Charles Russell Principal Steve Salyers said.
The decision to embrace technology has students doing things they might not have done before.
"I had a parent call me a few nights ago and said, 'My child went home and instead of playing Angry Birds she was trying to beat her score from class that day in multiplication categories,' " Ledford said. "So now it's carrying over from what I am doing in school to what they are doing at home."
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