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NewsPoster Jun 20, 2013 12:03 AM
Maine MLTI schools overwhelmingly choose Apple over mandated HP
When Maine schools were <a href=" eal/" rel='nofollow'>given the choice</a> for the first time under the next school year's Maine Learning Technology Initiative (<a href="" rel='nofollow'>MLTI</a>) between Windows-based laptops, the Apple iPad, and the Apple MacBook Air, the schools overwhelmingly chose Apple products. Of 69,059 hardware orders placed, 92 percent of the purchases will come from Apple.<br />
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While 100 percent of Maine's schools have not chimed in with orders, 39,457 students and educators will start using the iPad at a cost of $266 per year, per seat with associated network expenses according to the <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Maine Department of Education</a>. The MacBook Air has been adopted by 24,128 students and staff at $319 per year with networking, $33 above the funding provided by the state. A distant third is Governor Paul R. LePage's preferred option, the HP ProBook 4440 laptop running Windows 7 at $286 per seat with associated network expenses included.<br />
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Most of Maine's Career and Technical education centers have not placed orders, but less than 8,000 machines remain to be ordered. The final order totals will be submitted by the state on June 24, with teacher devices in hand in July. Student devices are scheduled to arrive before the start of the school year. The initiative originally had been Apple-exclusive in previous years.<br />
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"These devices put students in the driver's seat," Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen said. "Modern educational software adjusts to each child in ways that a teacher cannot, providing increased instruction on a concept where students need it, and less when they don't. The result is an educational system in Maine that is truly able to meet the needs of all students as it best prepares them for college and career in an increasingly digital world."<br />
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Governor LePage said of the HP offer that it was "important that our students are using technology that they will see and use in the workplace. The laptops use an operating system that is commonly used in the workplace in Maine. This is the lowest-priced proposal, and 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."
TomMcIn Jun 20, 2013 12:40 AM
The governor is right on if their school system is training technicians. Control-Alt-Delete
msuper69 Jun 20, 2013 01:04 AM
Makes me proud to be a Mainiac!
Jeronimo2000 Jun 20, 2013 07:45 AM
There is still hope for this world then.
garmonbosia Jun 20, 2013 10:17 AM
msuper69, while I agree Maine is a wonderful state, before you spend much time congratulating yourselves on how smart and refined you all are just remember it was you Mainiacs that elected one of the stupidest men in America to be your governor. I have faith that you"ll correct that mistake next election when you"ll be truly justified in your pride of statehood.
msuper69 Jun 20, 2013 11:57 AM
garmonbosia: Ya just gotta bring up politics don't cha?
I haven't lived nor voted in Maine in nearly 40 years.
shawnde Jun 20, 2013 12:22 PM
what a bogus cliche .... using the same system they'll see in the workplace .... where has he been? Under a rock? Apple has had major strides in the workplace. Practically everyone in corporate is switching over to Macs. This guy still lives in the 90's. Rather obvious that he has a "vested interest" in HP's bid (i.e. he's on the take).
Flying Meat Jun 20, 2013 01:19 PM
There is something to be said for providing the same craptacular windows experience they'll suffer when entering the work force. But I've been a ac user since the Mac Plus, and have managed to get that experience, even though it makes me feel dirty. ;)
Flying Meat Jun 20, 2013 01:20 PM
er, Mac user since...
DiabloConQueso Jun 20, 2013 04:48 PM
Switching from PC to Mac or vice-versa is simple. It's all icons and windows and click and double-click (or touch and swipe) with a few differences here or there. The underlying functionality is roughly the same.

You don't hop into your friend's car and go, "Crap, the radio is different, and the pedals are slightly different shape, and the headlight switch is in a completely different place -- I CAN'T DRIVE THIS THING AT ALL, IT'S TOO UNFAMILIAR!"

Why people insist it's significantly harder with computers is beyond me. It's icons, windows, click, and double-click. It may put you out of your comfort zone, but you'll acclimate quickly just as you do hopping into a different vehicle like a rental car or U-Haul truck and hitting the road.

In other words, if the schools use Mac and the workforce uses Windows PCs, the transition will not be a show-stopper like some want to think. That's a misplaced assumption and prediction.
Flying Meat Jun 20, 2013 06:17 PM
Yeah, but did you really want to drive that pink AMC Gremlin?
garmonbosia Jun 20, 2013 09:48 PM
msuper69, Sorry, I didn't realize everyone didn't recognize that this IS a political story.
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