Learning Technology Initiative (WSCA-NASPO ME)
Basic Contact Information - Lead State
Link to Lead State Websitehttp://www.maine.gov/purchases
Inception & Expiration
Awarded: March 1, 2013
Current Expiration: June 30, 2017
Initial Term: Four (4) years
Renewal Options: Six (6) one-year periods
Maximum Contract Term: Ten (10) years
The WSCA-NASPO Learning Technology Initiative contract, modeled on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, is a program to put a portable computing device in the hands of every student in a participating entity's schools on a ONE-TO-ONE (1:1) basis. Every student in a grade level or school has the same type of device (either a laptop or a tablet depending on the option chosen in the Participating Addendum). Both Microsoft Windows-based and Apple products are available. The program includes having wireless networks set up in participating schools, so that classrooms can maximize internet resources, as needed.
The “seat contract” includes SPARE DEVICES set at either 2% or 3% (depending on the provider) of the school's user population. Spares are important, in order to keep the program working. For example, if Jimmy's device breaks in math class, then on that same day (perhaps even in the same hour) he can swap it through a school's technical specialist (or any designated person) for a fully functional device – and keep learning.
In addition to students, teachers also benefit from the program. Teachers receive devices at the same student “seat contract” cost, with the same applications and functionality (or more) as the student devices. Participating entities may opt to purchase additional devices for teachers that do not have one-to-one programs in their classes at the same “seat contract” cost. The program creates EQUITY of DEVICE in the classroom. Everyone has the same device, so there are no interface, appearance, or process issues.
The contracts include TIERED PRICING, which can be a bit of a challenge to understand at first. Please review the Master Agreements and feel free to contact the two people listed below from the State of Maine (Mark Lutte & Jeff Mao) to help have it all make sense.
Access to April 10, 2013 WSCA-NASPO Learning Technology Initiative contract webinar CLICK HERE
Updates & Other Participation
If you have questions about the program and how it works in Maine, and how it can work for you, you should contact either:
The contracts include Tiered pricing, which can be a bit of a challenge to understand at first, so talking with either Mark or Jeff would probably really help it all make sense.
To participate in this Master Agreement, download, negotiate and complete a Participating Addendum with the selected contractor(s). After Participating Addendum execution, email a PDF copy of the completed Participating Addendum (signed with both signatures) to the WSCA-NASPO point of contact identified on the Participating Addendum. If no WSCA-NASPO point of contact is identified, email a copy of the completed Participating Addendum to the WSCA-NASPO general email at firstname.lastname@example.org.