Maine's Learning with Laptop Initiative. But Not Another Tech Buy.


Maine is the first state to give schools portable, wireless computers for each of their 7th & 8th grade students and teachers. But this project is not about equipment as much as creating engaging learning environments and about building collaborative networks of educators for professional and curriculum development. Come learn about the Maine Technology Initiative, what we've learned from years of widespread implementation, and the teachers who pioneer integrating technology.


Maine Learning Technology Initiative Presentation - PDF without video clips (28.3 MB)
Maine Learning Technology Initiative Presentation - PDF - 4 Slides to a Page handout (3.9 MB)
Maine Learning Technology Initiative Workshop Handout - PDF (108 KB)

Maine's Learning with Laptop Initiative. But Not Another Tech Buy - Podcast of presentation (mp3 - approx 75 min - 82 MB)

MaineLearns.org - Interactive web site with resources for teachers. THE place to start when wanting to learn about MLTI.
The Maine Learning with Laptop Studies - Research & Evaluation of MLTI, plus the MLTI story.

Additional Resources


A Model for Success with 1-to-1
-- Download a visual of the Model

Successful Strategies For MLTI Schools

Classroom observation form for technology rich (1-to-1) environments

Simple rubric for integrating technology into instruction

The 1-to-1 Advocate - answering educators questions about (and advocating for) 1-to-1 learning with laptop programs

Special Topic: Learning with Laptops
Provides some history of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and then describes what MLTI project leaders consider to be the four keys to success: access, a focus on learning, leadership, and professional development in context.
Muir, M., Manchester, B., & Moulton J. (2005, Summer ). Special topic: learning with laptops. Educational Leadership, 62. Retrieved Sep 01, 2005.

The Power of One-to-One: Early Findings from the Maine Learning Technology Initiative
Examines the history and evolution of MLTI through the lens of several research and evaluation studies.
Muir, M., Knezek, G., & Christensen, R. (2004). The power of one-to-one: early findings from the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Learning & Leading with Technology 32 (3), 6-11.
Copyright © 2004, International Society for Technology in Education
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