If you are a new Tech Director or Principal, or if you are new to Maine, you might have questions about MLTI.
MLTI is the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, which started in 2002, providing 1to1 laptops to all 7th and 8th grade students and teachers in the state. From the beginning, we made the point of this being a learning initiative, not simply a tech buy. The program has expanded over the years. Schools can opt in, at district expense, for elementary schools and high schools. The state still provides funding support for 7th and 8th grade students and teachers, as well as for high school teachers, if the district opts in for all their high school students. MLTI is the only statewide 1to1 learning through technology initiative, and is currently the largest 1to1 program in the country.
Here are some places to get you started to learn more about MLTI…
You could browse our website:
Be sure to check out the overview of MLTI page:
Also, you might try these three articles:
- Power of One to One – Early Findings from the Maine Learning Technology Initiative
- ASCD article on MLTI – Special Topic: Learning with Laptops
- School Tech: 6 Important Lessons From Maine’s Student Laptop Program (Mashable, Jan 2011)
They will provide an enormous amount of context for you.
To give you more details about MLTI in its current form or the details of your district’s implementation, be sure to look over the Opt In packet for the device used by your district, you will learn more about the device and the services provided with the solution, as well as some of the policies and the participant agreements. Those Opt In packets are available here:
And we have a page for Tech Leads new to MLTI:
Also, we provide Fall update sessions, and, if you are a tech lead or principal, you might consider attending one of those. Not only will you learn more about the initiative, but you’ll be able to connect with some of the other folks from your region and start to pick their brains.