When school resumes on Thursday in Raleigh County, students will receive iPads, which eventually will replace textbooks. The $7 million deal with Apple will cost $135 per student.
Apple no doubt hopes to expand its market to all 55 counties in the state and all the states in the nation.
But before school superintendents begin tossing out the books, Apple will have to prove itself in Raleigh and in the other school districts in the United States that are experimenting with iPads.
While the iPads will remain the school system's property, what happens if such an expensive machine is lost or stolen?
Other questions include: How expensive will the programs that run on iPads be? Will the platform be open to all companies or will Apple create a monopoly? How will teachers monitor the use of iPads in the classroom?
Eventually, all schools may switch from textbooks to some sort of electronic device. But before every school commits to one program, places like Raleigh will have to work the bugs out of the system.