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State of Maine Gives Apple MacBooks to Public School Students

State of Maine Gives MacBooks to Every Public School Student

How times have changed since I was in high school, when the only thing you got for free was a dented locker: The state of Maine has agreed to provide Apple MacBooks to every public school student, grades 7 through 12.

The Maine Department of Education has already ordered over 64,000 laptops for students and staff, to make Maine the first and only US state to ensure that every public school kid in middle and high school has a laptop to work on. The students are allowed to use the computers at school and take them home, but they have to return them at the end of the school year to pass to the next classes.

Bravo to Maine for making an important — and very expensive — educational tool so widely available for its youth. I also love that there's a standard for Macs as well — guess someone on that board is a Mac.

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TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
btw: for those whining above, colleges do do this! Well, they don't supply macbooks because they realize that it's a waste of money, but many private schools do provide you with a laptop to keep forever. I just see laptops as completely impractical now that netbooks are so cheap and light.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
LAME! A netbook would be much more convenient!
bornthisway bornthisway 8 years
that is so COOL. but because it's for school and all, would sites like facebook be blocked?
cg130 cg130 8 years
Woah, cool!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
The article says: "As part of the deal, Apple plans to provide the state with educational software, professional development, repair and replacement, and technical support."
blossommac blossommac 8 years
wow that is really great i wish my university will do that too i can dream
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i certainly hope they have insurance because i can see this becoming an expensive repair situation. if a kid breaks the computer are the parents on the hook for it? what if someone else's kid breaks it? what if a sibling did? i think i would opt out without those questions answered.
celestegc celestegc 8 years
Awesome!!! I want my college to do the same! blah! X_X that´s not gonna happen! anyway... great for Maine!
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
cool, but what about accidently breaking the macbook? you know not every kid is that responsible & some parents might even say no if they think their kid might accidently damage it & get charged. my friend had his MBP for one week and he accidently cracked the screen when he was closing the laptop to put in his bag! that is not covered by apple care.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Wow. Amazing. Bravo Maine.
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 8 years
That is just awesome. I would have loved that in high school.
Smooth-Bamboozle Smooth-Bamboozle 8 years
what a bamboozlin' idea!
millarci millarci 8 years
Bravo, Maine! That's is awesome!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
Now that will make me go back to school!
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