Publication Date

8-2013

Document Type

Policy Brief

Abstract

In the spring of 2013, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) adopted a new approach to its 1:1 device selection process. Rather than choosing a single vendor to provide a uniform statewide technology implementation, the Maine Department of Education opted to select a preferred solution and allowed schools the autonomy to choose from among four other approved bids. In anticipation that a number of schools would choose to provide iPads to students, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) at the University of Southern Maine surveyed teachers at three Maine high schools currently using 1:1 iPads with their students.

To serve an immediate need, the survey captured advice from the high school teachers to those teachers and administrators who might be following in their footsteps and adopting 1:1 iPads in 2013-14. This mini-report summarizes those “lessons learned” so that they can be shared with others at the beginning of their implementation. Currently, over 40% of Maine’s middle and high schools have opted to implement 1:1 iPads in their schools in the 2013-2014 school year.

The survey also captures baseline information on how teachers begin to use iPads in their instruction, and their perceptions on the challenges and benefits of the devices. These insights will inform MEPRI’s data collection in the coming year in our continued work to evaluate the implementation and impacts of MLTI. Preliminary analysis of the results indicates that the experiences and beliefs vary substantially from school to school. MEPRI plans to conduct case studies in a sample of middle and high schools in the future to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that contribute to this variation.

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