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Several teachers in Maryville City Schools have new computers that leaders say will help enhance learning in the classroom.

The technology is part of an initiative the district calls iREACH. The goal is to issue laptops or iPads to all students across the district in the next two years. That will move the district from paper-based learning to digital learning.

On Thursday, teachers got their new devices and went through their first training session.

"It's where the kids are and that's what we keep telling the adults as we've rode this thing out, what we've got to do is get our adults ready. We've got to make sure we provide the training and support they need and we don't have to get the students ready. The kids, most of them, already have a device," said Director of Schools Mike Winstead.

The teachers who have started training are called early adapters. They'll test the new digital learning in the classroom next year, before the program goes district-wide.

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