AUGUSTA, Maine – Thousands of Maine students will be firing up Hewlett Packard laptop computers when school starts this fall, the governor’s office announced Saturday.
The Maine Department of Education announced Friday that Hewlett Packard was awarded the contract in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative’s latest bid process, according to a press release.
The Hewlett Packard ProBook 4440 running Windows 8 software will be made available as the primary technology and learning solution as part of the initiative.
“It is important that our students are using technology that they will see and use in the workplace,” said Gov. Paul LePage. “This is the lowest-priced proposal, and the laptops use an operating system that is commonly used in the workplace in Maine. These laptops will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their learning and give them experience on the same technology and software they will see in their future careers.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2013
“Quakertown is leading the charge in digital learning implementation,” said Alliance President Bob Wise.
Washington, DC — Located about forty-five miles north of Philadelphia, PA, Quakertown Community School District (QCSD) has seen tremendous improvement in student achievement and engagement from implementation of a blended learning approach that combines online learning with traditional classroom instruction, finds a new interactive video profile conducted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and Public Impact. “Quakertown Community School District: A Systematic Approach to Blended Learning That Focuses on District Leadership, Staffing, and Cost-effectiveness,” is the first in a series of interactive video profiles highlighting innovative school districts that utilize digital learning to improve teaching and learning. (The video to the right shows how QCSD worked with important partners, including its local teachers’ union, to improve student outcomes using effective applications of technology and blended learning strategies.)
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There are many schools that have either piloted or implemented 1:1 student-to-computer initiatives. These are nothing new. The success of these programs, much like other education initiatives, has varied. Most technology and curriculum leaders now recognize that there is much more to student and school success than just putting a computer in the hands of a student and getting instant miracle results. Just as a new hammer will not help a bad carpenter build a better house, a computer in the hands of a student will not turn the tide in the midst of bad teaching or ineffective school leadership. But there is now fairly convincing evidence that properly implemented 1:1 computing is a contributing factor to school success, as evidenced in the rather convincing results from the Project Red study. ISTE has published a book about this report called Revolutionizing Education through Technology. A free electronic edition of the book is available at ISTE site. I highly recommend that any superintendents, curriculum leaders, instructional technology directors or anyone else seriously looking at 1:1 programs read this book and consider all that it takes beyond a device to make 1:1 really succeed.
In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from the Tech Integration Coordinator at Richland School District Two in Columbia, South Carolina about how they successfully built and launched a 1TWO1 computing initiative with Google Chromebooks and Apps for Education for their 26,000 students spanning across 18 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, four magnet centers and two alternative schools. The district wanted to increase student engagement and equip them with technology skills to succeed in the 21st century, knowing that access to technology would enhance creativity, critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills for students and teachers. Donna Teuber, Technology Integration Coordinator at Richland School District Two, a Project RED Signature District, will be one of the presenters!
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