MLTI, The Next Generation: Share Your Ideas! An Invitation From Jeff Mao

Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education.

An Invitation To All Middle Level Educators from Jeff Mao

HI Everyone, MLTI affects all middle level stakeholders in Maine. Here’s your chance to communicate directly with us, online, and in a totally transparent and public setting. Please visit and share your thinking. We will continue to post new questions here seeking feedback. Please share this link with your teachers and your students–even the parents! The idea here is that we want to have conversations and get feedback from all constituents to help us inform the next MLTI RFP. The next RFP will be released in December of this calendar year. It may seem a long way off, but from where I sit, I have very little time left to rewrite the RFP document. I need your help and the help of others in your schools and communities so that the next RFP reflects your needs. As always, please remember that the RFP has to be descriptive and not prescriptive. We can’t ask for a specific device, software title, online service, etc. Its OK to mention them on the site, but what is more important is for us to understand the functionality or characteristics of the specific tool or title that you need and like. So, just saying that you want a software X doesn’t help. What we need to know is what are you doing with software X. What functions does it provide? Why are these functions and capabilities essential? If we are talking about support and maintenance…its OK to use MLTI-specific language like “Buffer Pool” but remember that the Buffer Pool as we know it today is a construct that was provided based on Apple’s last response to the RFP. We didn’t ask for a Buffer Pool, but it was Apple’s response to providing the a protection to schools and the State for expected loss of equipment due to accidents, theft, etc. So in discussing that issue, what are the ! challenges? What works? How would you like to be able to get help/protection? So far, we haven’t asked all the questions because we want to focus attention on certain topics…mostly just to make it easier than for us to dump a ton of questions all at once. However, you can provide feedback on anything at anytime by responding to the appropriate section of the historical 2006 RFP language which is provided on this site. Remember also that we will be seeking input from outside of Maine too…so how we discuss things and how we present ourselves on this site is a direct reflection on Maine and your schools. Let’s make sure we show the world how far we’ve come! Please feel free to tweet this link, share it on your social media channels, etc. thanks everyone! Jeff Mao



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