During the 2020-2021 school year, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) has designed a “bridge year,” to provide support for devices, infrastructure, and professional learning while the MLTI Advisory Board works to design MLTI v2.0.
Support during the bridge year
- The Maine DOE purchased all leased MLTI devices and transferred ownership to SAUs in cohort 4 (2016) effective of July 1, 2020..
- 2020-21 Jamf licenses for 7th and 8th grade and eligible staff devices will be purchased by Maine DOE there will be no cost to SAUs through June 30, 2021.
- SAUs that leased additional devices (elementary or high school student and staff devices) from the Maine DOE had the option to buy leased devices from the Maine DOE at supplemented rates of $28/ iPad and $48/ laptop in July 2020. No new grants will be awarded or extended during the 2020-2021 academic year.
- Apple’s Repair Depot will remain open and servicing SAUs through the 2020-21 school year. This means you can access the services of the Repair Depot through 6/30/21. Apple has extended the 2016 cohort device warranty date through 9/30/20. Warranty work will be performed until 9/30/20, repair costs after 9/30/20 will be at the SAU’s expense.
- Apple Asset Manager will remain in place until 10/27/20.
- Support for existing WiFi infrastructure will continue during the 2020-2021 academic year.
- The Maine DOE will provide statewide and regional professional learning.
- The Maine DOE will host the MLTI student conference in May 2021.
Estimated timeline for MLTI through July 2021:
- June 2019 – August 2020: The Maine DOE holds meetings with the MLTI Advisory Board to determine MLTIv2.0 (post SY 2020-2021) July 2020 – June 30, 2021: Bridge Year – support is provided (link back to the “support during the bridge year)
- October 2020: The Maine DOE announces plan for MLTIv2.0
- January 2021-July 2021 – Maine DOE implementation and procedural development of MLTIv2.0
- July 2021: MLTIv.2.0 provided to SAUs
MLTI Program Manager