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Maine approves plan for high school MacBooks

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Tue June 30, 2009

MacBook in Maine schools

Plans are now in place to distribute MacBooks amongst Maine high school students, according to officials from the state's Department of Education. Known to have been in the works since at least March, a deal with Apple will see over 64,000 MacBooks reach students and teachers between grades 7 and 12. Another 7,000 notebooks should be ordered within the next few weeks, officials say.

The plan is a part of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, which since 2002 has attempted to supply all Maine middle school students with notebooks. No other state has attempted such a broad program, and the high school expansion may make MLTI the world's biggest educational technology program. Apple has also agreed to supply help in terms of software, professional development and technical support.

The 2008-2009 school season saw just 2,000 notebooks given to high schoolers, and 2009-2010 should bring the numbers to between 22,000 and 28,000. Aside from learning basic computer skills, students will be able to write and research homework with their MacBooks, and participate in online teaching sessions. It is not known if the program will require any raises in taxes, as was previously denied by the state's governor.

by MacNN Staff



  1. freudling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good for Apple, But...

    Apple Stock prices will move on this even... and great for Apple.

    But, ~70,000 MacBook Pros (13") purchased by one State for Education? They must have money to throw away, and in this economy...

    And who made this decision? Because while some may not have computers at home, many do, and I presume there are going to be redundancies (kids with their own laptops).

    So instead of offering cloud services to kids, etc., they feel the need to spend some ~80 million US to buy laptops that will be dated in a few years. I say, let the kids use their own computers, and focus on software and computer labs in house.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Plastic or Aluminum

    I wonder...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they could just get rid of the computers from the classroom and do some actual teaching.

    But they'll probably have the students spend most of their time using the computers to take sample math and reading tests so they can pass the all-important NCLB exams so the school can get more money...

  1. Liquidity X

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so ignorant.

    First off, it's a lease not out right purchase. So in a few years yet another lease will be done and all the machines will be upgraded.

    Yes, some kids have their own machines, but they are not allowed to use them due to security risk. What high school would just let a kid walk around with a unmonitored machine in school on their network.

    3rd, this creates a lab in every class when needed, kids aren't just given free reign of a machine when they want and eliminates having to move classes around to public computer labs during class periods.

    They are also allowed to take them home with a sign out program to allow parents to use them to help push online colleges and further job development for families with out computers.

    And lastly who gives a f*** about NCLB now? It was a failed program from the start, no one ever knew how to enforce and track it and now that Bush is finally out of office it will just fade away.

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