Maine Schools begin to deploy wireless iBooks- (Can Montana be next?)

"We are going to demonstrate the power of one-to-one computer access in a way that will transform
education" Gov. Angus King State of Maine

In the past few weeks, the first shipments of iBook notebook
computers arrived at nine Maine middle schools. These schools,
one in each region of the state, were selected to be
Demonstration/Exploration Schools to receive an advance
deployment of computers, in order to serve as learning
laboratories and training sites for teacher professional
development, as well as to test the technical reliability of the
equipment. The shipments will total 675 iBooks, enough to equip
several classrooms of seventh grade students at each school.

The nine exploration schools are:
Skyway Middle School, Presque Isle
Lyman Moore Middle School, Portland
Conners-Emerson School, Bar Harbor
Maranacook Community Middle School, Readfield
Boothbay Region Elementary School, Boothbay
Piscataquis Community Middle School, Guilford
Auburn Middle School, Auburn
Pembroke Elementary School, Pembroke
Shapleigh Middle School, Kittery

The demonstration schools are geographically spread across
Maine based on the state’s nine school superintendents’ regions.
They represent a range of school size and composition, including
classrooms in several K-8 schools. As part of their commitment,
demonstration schools will be open for other districts to visit for
an average of one day per week, and schools will share
experiences and student products with visiting teachers from the
region and at regional and state conference sessions.

Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative is the most ambitious program
of its kind in the world, aiming to make Maine the first in the nation
to deploy universal personal access to learning technology for all
seventh and eighth grade students and teachers statewide. In
December 2001, the Department signed a four-year, $37.2 million
contract with Apple to provide notebook computers, wireless
networks, servers, technical support and maintenance, and
teacher training for 36,000 7th and 8th grade students and
teachers in Maine. The remaining 230 middle schools in the state
will receive wireless iBooks in August 2002.

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