Inspired by a similar technology program being rolled out in Maine, Michigan lawmakers have just committed $10 million toward the first phase of a plan that would give every student in the state a portable, wireless computing device over the next three years, according to Michigan House Speaker Rick Johnson, who is spearheading the initiative.

But whereas Maine Gov. Angus King's $30 million plan is to provide Apple iBook laptops to all seventh and eighth graders in his state, Johnson's vision is to put either a laptop or handheld computer with wireless internet access in


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