The Bridge Year
The 2020-21 school year is a transition year for the MLTI project, this year has been aptly named the MLTI Bridge Year. The MLTI project has experienced only minor changes in the nineteen years since the original plan was first introduced in 2001.The Bridge Year was designed by the Department of Education to provide SAU’s with interim support for devices, infrastructure, and professional learning while an advisory board redesigned the MLTI plan.
Goal: To maintain SAU's 2019 level of device support by:
- Conducting the 2020 MLTI Buyout.
- The buyout deployed over 35,000 4-year old devices to SAUs for use in the classrooms. 2016 devices that had been leased
- 29,727 devices
- devices were sold to SAUs for $48.00 laptop/$28.00 iPad.
- Buyout devices covered 100% of projected enrollment increases in the 2020-21 7/8 grade cohort.
- Minimized any movement of devices to and from enrollment pools to maintain health and safety during the Pandemic.
- Provided a plan for equitable opportunity to purchase State-level inventory.
- Honor the end of contract timelines with Apple and HP
- State-level purchase of Jamf licenses for 7th, 8th grade and 7-12 grade eligible staff devices
- Maintain Apple/HP Asset Manager portals through 10/30/20
- Extended warranty on 2016 Apple devices – extended through 9/30/20
- Keep Apple’s Repair Depot open through the 2020-21 school year.
Goal: To maintain SAUs’ 2019 level of infrastructure support:
- Maine DOE contracted with Systems Engineering Inc. and Education Networks of America to service and support SAU’s managed internal broadband services for the 2020-21 fiscal year (7/1/20-6/30/21).
The Bridge Year and Beyond
- June 2019 – August 2020 - The MLTI Advisory Board is formed, meets 11 times from June 2020 to August 2020 and provides a recommendation to the Education Commissioner that is approved to move forward to the Legislature as the MLTI Technology Plan. The MLTI Advisory Board’s work, executive summary report, MLTI 2.0 recommendation, and other resources can be found the MLTI Advisory Board’s web page.
- October 2020 - Maine DOE announces the Advisory Board’s recommendation for MLTIv2.0.
- The Advisory Board’s work created a recommendation for a learning technology plan that focuses on the future and establishes a program that proposes a thoughtful phased-in implementation strategy. The program recommendation creates a plan with inter-related dependent components, forms a community with systems of continuous process improvement and accountability. The redesigned program aligns and compliments Maine’s Economic Development Strategy, 2020-2029 and focuses on methods, systems, plans, and processes that will provide Maine students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in a digital economy. The plan focuses on the developing a foundation for innovation and invests deeply in educator preparation and professional learning.
- January 2021-April 2021 – Maine DOE implementation and procedural development of MLTI 2.0
- April 2021: MLTI .2.0 implementation in SAUs
MLTI Program Manager