MLTI

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

Fifteen years ago, Maine launched an ambitious experiment to give every 7th- and 8th- grader in the state their own device, under a new program called the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Maine was the first state to try such an expansive program, and experts say it’s still the largest program of its kind. The results of the program vary from district to district, with some teachers adopting the technology and others still resisting it today.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

After 15 years, Maine's program to provide technology to every 7th- and 8th-grader is changing. A new structure puts more responsibility and control in the hands of local districts.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

When former Gov. Angus King began an effort to give every 7th- and 8th-grader a laptop in 2001, one of the goals was equity, a way to ensure that students have access to the same kind of technology whether they live in Cumberland, Washington or Oxford County.

Laptops in Maine Schools

Jun 22, 2017
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How has Maine's laptop program fared in middle schools since it began 15 years ago, and what is the future of the program? We'll learn about the role of technology in our schools, as well as policy implications of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) program.

Guests: Damian Bebell, Assistant Research Professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College; Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP) at Boston College

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Head into any 7th- or 8th-grade classroom in Maine, and you’ll see something you won’t see in any other state: every student holding a laptop. The free laptops, provided under Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative over the past 15 years, have been expanded to most high schools, as well. But has it changed learning?