Maine school laptop contract to be open to others

March 14, 2013 by David Sharp

(AP)—The only state to provide laptop computers to public school students statewide is negotiating a new contract that can be used by other states interested in following suit.

Maine has zeroed in on five different laptops and tablets as it prepares to replace more than 35,000 in and about the same number in high schools this fall. The state would pay between $217 and $314 annually in a four-year lease depending on which device is chosen.

Maine Learning Technology Policy Director Jeff Mao says the negotiated rates are available to other states. Vermont and Hawaii also took part in the discussions.

Maine began issuing laptops to seventh- and eighth-graders in public schools starting 11 years ago. This will be the third time they've been upgraded.

Explore further: Maine expanding school laptop program with Apple

0 shares

Related Stories

iPads take a place next to crayons in kindergarten

April 13, 2011

Kindergarten classes are supplementing crayons, finger paints and flashcards with iPads, a development that excites supporters but that detractors worry is wasted on pupils too young to appreciate the expense.

Too close for comfort? Maybe not

June 15, 2011

People generally worry about who their neighbors are, especially neighbors of our children. If high-fat food and soda are nearby, people will imbibe, and consequently gain weight. Or will they? With students' health at risk, ...

Indian state in great laptop giveaway

September 15, 2011

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday began a $2 billion giveaway of free laptops to every student in state-run schools and colleges over the next five years.

Recommended for you

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

December 7, 2016

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study

December 6, 2016

The climate-friendly electricity generated by solar panels in the past 40 years has all but cancelled out the polluting energy used to produce them, a study said Tuesday.

Wall-jumping robot is most vertically agile ever built

December 6, 2016

Roboticists at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.