During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) has designed a “bridge year,” to provide support for devices, infrastructure, and professional learning while we continue to work with stakeholders to design what is the next phase of the MLTI program. With the support of the 129th legislature, the Department has designed the bridge year to mitigate and minimize disruption to SAUs. The details of the bridge year are the following:
- The Maine DOE will purchase all the leased MLTI devices at the end of the lease, June 30, 2020.
- The Maine DOE will transfer ownership to SAUs in cohort 4 (lease begun in 2016) for the 7th and 8th grade and eligible staff devices, July 2020. JAMF licenses on these devices will continue at no charge to SAUs through June 30, 2021.
- SAUs who are currently leasing additional devices (elementary or high school student and staff devices) from the Maine DOE will have the option to buy out their devices from the Maine DOE at the 2015 rates, $28/ iPad and $48/ laptop in July 2020. JAMF licenses will be available on these devices for the cost of $6/ iOS device and $12/MacOS.
- No new grants will be awarded or extended during the 2020-2021 academic year.
- 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 stakeholders regarding the future of MLTI (post SY 2020-2021) and convenes a workgroup to develop a state plan
- July 2020 – June 30, 2021: Bridge Year (see above for details)
- October 2020: The Maine DOE announces plan for MLTI post SY 2020-2021 (including the release of any necessary RFPs)
- July 2021: launch of MLTI 2.0
For more information about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, contact, Deborah Lajoie,Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-624-6613.