has published a request for proposal accepting bids for "equipment and services to empower a wireless, student-centered, digital learning environment that provides students with learning technology on a one-to-one basis." So far, Hawaii and Vermont have agreed to participate.
In the fall of 2009, MLTI began a push to expand to high schools, which already could participate in the same Apple contract the middle schools had, but at local expense.
While a uniform increase in standardized test scores remains elusive, Mao sees the state's continued faith in MLTI as one measure of success.
In his 2005 report on the early years of Maine's 1-to-1 program, "Laptops for Learning: The Maine Learning Technology Initiative," Mike Muir, then a member of MLTI
's curriculum and professional development team and now the director of the Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning, wrote that King immediately called for a large portion of this surprise windfall to be put into an endowment for "the procurement of portable, wireless computer devices for students." A task force was formed, legislation passed, and the program had its seed money.
The initial phase of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
) provided all 7th and 8th grade students and their teachers with laptop computers.
I LIKE THE NAME OF MAINE'S 2002 PIONEERING ONE-TO-ONE PROGRAM, THE Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
Angus King, the initiator of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
) l-to-1 computing program, launched in 2001 with an attendant professional development component:
Since its launch, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
; www.state.me.us/mlti) has provided all of the state's middle school students, and their teachers, with laptop computers.
The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
), which began five years ago and provides each seventh-grade student in the state with a laptop, has also been undergoing evaluation, with two groups working in tandem to measure its success, says Bette Manchester, director of special projects for the Maine Department of Education.
Since the end of 2001, Manchester and a team of specialists affiliated with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
) have overseen a massive rollout of more than 43,000 wireless Apple iBook (www.apple.com) computers to nearly 240 school districts across the state.
Maine is the first state in the nation to make real implementation of one-to-one (ubiquitous) computing through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
It was known that the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI
) would provide laptops for these teachers, but teachers would have more time to become familiar with them by getting the laptops in their hands sooner.