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Learning & Leading with Technology, v32 n3 p6-11 Nov 2004

In March 2000, Maine Governor Angus King surprised the rest of the United States when he announced that he wanted to provide every seventh grader in Maine with a portable wireless computing device. An unexpected state budget surplus had given him the opportunity to do something radical to improve education and the economy of Maine. King recognized that jobs and the economy were changing and that both the ability to use technology and the ability to learn would be key to Maine?s being competitive. Perhaps most important, King recognized that Maine had to do something radically different if it were to get ahead.

Descriptors: Laptop Computers, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Grade 7, Educational Policy, State Government, Government Role, Program Descriptions

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Author: Muir, Mike; Knezek, Gerald; Christensen, Rhonda


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