What is MLTI? The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) seeks to support and advance new teaching and learning models empowered and enhanced by personal technology access. MLTI is the nation’s first and currently only statewide 1:1 student computing program. It began in 2002 when it providing laptop computers to every 7th grade student and teacher in every public middle school in the State of Maine. Today in Maine, it provides laptop computers to every 7th and 8th grade student in every public middle school, every student in 55% of public high schools, 4 private/independent schools and all teachers and administrators in all 7-12th public schools. Over the past decade, over 150,000 Maine students have participated in the program. Learn more about the program on our web site and our iTunes U site.
How can you help? Provide feedback and opinions to us about what you believe is needed to provide a robust student-centered learning environment. Your feedback and thoughts will help us craft a new RFP that will provide the framework for the next generation digital learning environment for students in Maine and hopefully across the United States. In addition, read and rate other comments and ideas to help highlight where you agree and disagree.
What do you need to know about the RFP process? The RFP process is designed to describe a challenge and the desired outcomes. It is intended to provide specifications and parameters for the solution that may be proposed by a bidder. Finally, it is intended to be allow bidders as much flexibility as possible to propose innovative solutions to help solve the challenge and support the outcomes as defined by the RFP. This means that an RFP should avoid being prescriptive (i.e. defining what equipment or software tools should be included).
Why this site? This site is intended to elicit feedback from a national audience about what kinds of solutions would best serve students and teachers in Maine and across the entire United States. The State of Maine will be seeking new proposals for solutions to provide equipment and services to support the program. To do so, the State of Maine will issue a Request For Proposal (RFP) in coordination with the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) in December of 2012. This process will result in a contract with a winning solutions provider. This contract will then become available to all member states of NASPO — effectively a national RFP and contract process.