As state changes school laptop contract, students test HP at annual conference
ORONO — Students from 48 Maine schools gathered at UMaine recently to test technology at the 10th Annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference. The event was the final conference where students had Apple technology exclusively in hand. Under a new MLTI contract currently being negotiated, the Microsoft Windows 7-based Hewlett Packard ProBook 4440 was chosen the preferred technology and learning solution paid for by the state.
While schools have a choice in the hardware to use, thousands of Maine students will be firing up Hewlett Packard laptop computers next school year. The Maine Department of Education (DOE) recently announced HP as its preferred contractor in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative's latest bid process.
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.
Approximately 1,000 students, along with their Apple MacBooks, joined 200 educators on Maine's largest college campus for a day of science, technology, engineering and mathematics focused workshops. Sessions covered topics such as developing effective presentations with software like Apple's Keynote; building a sustainable student technology team that meets the goals and needs of an individual school; using technology to explore space; and creating dynamic movies, websites and applications.
In addition to presentations from conference collaborators including the Maine Department of Education and MLTI, Apple, UMaine, New England School of Communications and educators from schools across the state, several sessions were also led by Maine students.
Although the HP ProBook 4440 was chosen as the state-supported technology solution, schools will have choice in selecting alternative solutions to the HP laptop, including an HP tablet, the Apple iPad or MacBook Air, or a CTL Windows laptop, with the State covering the cost of those alternatives up to the amount of the HP laptop proposal. For more information, see HP announced as preferred contractor for Maine schools.