Maine unveils laptops for high schoolers

Maine's laptop program is nationall recognized and watched.
Maine's laptop program is nationally recognized and watched.

With Apple’s top education official and Maine’s education commissioner looking on Sept. 3, students from Hall-Dale High School took a sneak peek at the laptop computers they’ll receive in the coming weeks, reports the Kennebec Journal. Each student at the high school is receiving a MacBook as part of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state program aimed at equipping every Maine student in grades 7 through 12 with a computer. At an event meant to mark the initiative’s expansion to the high school grades, Hall-Dale students were handed new computers and told to test them. They had to give up the machines later in the day; the school plans to issue the laptops to all students next week. “It allows you to be extremely organized,” said Kevin Zembroski, a 15-year-old sophomore from Farmingdale, who added that the laptops allow students to put together multimedia class presentations and do research almost instantly. Gov. John Baldacci announced the expansion of the state’s laptop program to high school students in March. Students in grades 7 and 8 have had the machines since 2002. “We were reticent to suggest they go back to paper and pencil” when they reached high school, Regional School Unit 2 Superintendent Donald Siviski said…

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