I'm back from the WirelessEdTech Conference and I just wanted to give you a teaser. I won't be able to write the post until tomorrow or this weekend. Right now I'm in the middle of getting caught up with stuff I didn't do today.
The figure I quote in the title isn't an error or a trick. The state of Maine have a statewide program to issue all students a laptop. Their costs for 70+ thousand students comes out to $242 per student per year. And that is the end to end cost of everything from the laptop to maintenance, warranties, and even infrastructure. Amazing, no?
Just to put that in perspective, they spend more on fuel oil than on this program.
I don't think I have enough detail to cover the Maine program by itself (not right away) but I will discuss it in as much detail as I can.