Conners Emerson School, as one of 9 pilot schools, began participating in MLTI in 2001, and since that beginning, we have expanded this 1-to-1 program to grades 5-8 and to all teachers and administrators. This means that all students in grades 5-8 have all-the-time access to a networked laptop computer.
To learn more about MLTI, the history and research that has been done around 1-to1 computing in Maine, try the following links:
The Maine Learning with Laptops Studies
Looking for advice on dealing with today's media within your family? Would you like to help your student be the best "Digital Citizen" that she/he can be? Looking for advice on how to talk with your kids about the Internet ... the good and the sometimes not-so-good?
Common Sense Media offers very good and useful information regarding the many types of media that our students are viewing, listening to, and engaged in, as well as thoughtful reviews and ratings of current movies, TV programs, computer games, web sites and more.
You might consider, after talking it over within your family, having your student(s) go over and sign a "Family Media Agreement" ... where you can agree, as a family, how you will approach and deal with questions and answers regarding digital media.
Our evolving Technology in learning curriculum:
MDIRSS Digital Citizenship and Literacy Curriculum
MLTI laptops going home.
In grades 6-8 we do allow laptops to go home with students, as we believe that these tools can continue to provide learning opportunities when students are away from school, and learning is what the MLTI program is about. There are several things that need to be taken care of before the laptops can go home though. They involve:
-Explicit permission from parents for the student to take the laptop home must be given
-Both student and parents must become familiar with, and accept our district, technology Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
-Both student and parents must become familiar with, and accept our district's Computer Care and use Policy
-Both Student and parents muct become familiar with the "Technology Infraction Rubric," that addresses the consequences for NOT following policies and rules regarding the use of digital technologies at Conners Emerson
-Both student and parent must attend, at least once during student's tenure at Conners Emerson, an in-person MLTI meeting with administrators, either through the large meeting format held each year, or a one-on-one meeting.
-Each year each student must take the MLTI test regarding rules, policies and procedures and achieve a 100% score.
-Each year each student's parent must fill out an online form (below) stating that parent and student understand and accept the District AUP, rules and policies, and also accepting responsibility as stated.
(Documents mentioned above can be downloaded in pdf format via links at the bottom of this page)
MLTI Parent Permission Form
(To be filled out ONLY by parent or guardian.)