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One of the strategies Maine is using in preparing youth for the future economy is a statewide program to provide every seventh and eighth grade student and their teachers with laptop computers, and to provide professional development and training for helping teachers integrate them into their classroom instruction. This paper examines the impact that the distribution of laptops to students in Maine is having on students and their learning in relation to the digital divide. Seventh and eighth grade students who had received laptops in the 2002/2003 school year, as well as their teachers were the focus of this evaluation. Data from surveys, case studies, interviews, classroom observations, and document analysis have been examined in order to more closely identify the laptop initiative’s impact on student learning. Preliminary findings in this report indicate the beginnings of bridging the digital divide in Maine at least for 7th grade students and teachers as a result of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.


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