Maine has just negotiated a deal with Apple for them to provide MacBooks over four years for $25 million USD to all their schools.
“The MLTI program began earlier this decade with a program to supply every 7th and 8th grader in Maine with an iBook. The success of the program prompted the state to expand it to include all Maine high school students as well. That expansion includes a deal with Apple to supply another 64,000 MacBooks to the roughly 37,000 already in circulation—with another 7,000 expected to be ordered within the next few weeks. Apple will include educational software, professional development for educators, and technical support in exchange for approximately $25 million per year for a total of four years.
“Laptops have been shown to engage our students, and initial research shows they improve student achievement, particularly in writing,” said Maine Department of Education Commissioner Susan Gendron in a statement. “The laptops will become powerful tools at the high school level, providing increased access to information, a powerful tool for simulations and modeling and ideal for students, especially in rural schools, to take classes they would not otherwise be able to access.””
I want to go live in Maine. Right now.