FAQFAQ
   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
#1 In Identity Theft Protection



Your Maine Forum Forum Index -> Around The Water Cooler -> Technology

Apple wins 36K Maine laptop contract


Post new topic   Reply to topic
  Author    Thread
The Founder
Forum Governor


Joined: 24 May 2004
Posts: 2273



 Reply with quote  
Apple wins 36K Maine laptop contract

Apple wins 36K Maine laptop contract

Apple this year has won a second significant contract for the large-scale deployment of laptops--this time in the state of Maine's school system. Apple has been selected as the top-scoring bidder for services and equipment for the four-year, 36,000 laptop Maine Learning Technology Initiative, following a request for proposals on January 13th, 2006. Apple will provide "portable computing devices with suitable basic applications" for all middle school students and teachers, along with upgraded wireless networks for all participating schools, appropriate server capacity, training and technical support. Earlier this year, Apple was chosen to supply Henrico County's middle school students with laptops, despite a lower bid from Dell.

"This award is a final decision, subject to State Purchases Review Committee approval and final legislative approval of the Department's budget," according to the State of Maine, which said that it will now enter into negotiations with Apple in order to finalize the terms and conditions of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative agreement for Apple's services and equipment.

Under the current timelines and subject to final legislative approval of the department's budget, the Department said that it plans to deploy new laptop computers to teachers, librarians, principals and technology coordinators in the summer of 2006 to begin preparing for the upcoming 2006-7 school year. New laptop computers for all grade 7 and 8 public middle school students will be issued at the start of the school year. Overall, the contract will be for an estimated 36,000 laptops.

"We are pleased with the strong educational focus of Apple's proposal, and we look forward to a continued partnership in providing the students of Maine the tools and resources for the 21st Century," commented Bette Manchester, Director of Special Projects for the Department of Education.

Post Tue 21 Mar, 2006 9:32 pm 
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Dale
Wanna-be Mainah


Joined: 25 Feb 2006
Posts: 37



 Reply with quote  

Apple sucks, except for the Ipod. They should have bought Dells
_________________
"Guns don't kill people. The Government does."

Post Sat 25 Mar, 2006 8:38 am 
 View user's profile Send private message
tumbleweed
Official Mainah


Joined: 14 Feb 2006
Posts: 1863
Location: Aroostook County


 Reply with quote  

I'm not a big fan of this laptop program to start with. I think the money they are putting into this program would be more effective if it were used to fund other underfunded programs.
_________________
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." Thomas Paine

Post Thu 30 Mar, 2006 8:09 am 
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
  Display posts from previous:      

Your Maine Forum Forum Index -> Around The Water Cooler -> Technology



Forum Jump:
Jump to:  

Post new topic   Reply to topic
Page 1 of 1


Forum Rules:
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You can attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum

 

Last Thread | Next Thread  >
Powered by phpBB: © 2001 phpBB Group