Maine schools offered chance to buy over 30,000 Apple iBooks for $48 each

“A laptop for $48? The answer is yes – and we’re talking more than 30,000 of them. They are the laptops acquired through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, a program that gained national attention for distributing Apple iBooks to all of the state’s seventh- and eighth-grade public school students,” Colin Hickey reports for The Blethen Maine News Service. “Now, four years later, the state has paid off most of the cost of those first laptops and plans to distribute a new set this fall. To own the old ones outright, however, individual schools will have to pay the balance, hence the $48 laptop. Most schools are choosing to pay the price to keep the laptops, although they have no obligation to do so, said Heather Hamlin of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.”

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