According to this March 22, 2006 article from the Portland Press Herald, only two companies actually submitted bids for the State of Maine contract. Apple won the bid, and Dell Computer was not the other contender:
Only two companies submitted bids. The other company was CDW-G, which provides technological services to government, education and health care. CDW-G’s proposal called for Lenova Thinkpads in partnership with other businesses.
Dell is a major laptop vendor for our statewide TxTIP project, providing the laptop hardware on 15 of the 22 immersed middle school campuses. Dell made a lot of news about a year ago (along with the new superintendent of Henrico schools) when it was selected as the vendor to replace laptops at the Henrico County High School. That was April of 2005. Apple was selected for the Middle School contract at Henrico, however, in February 2006.
Mac rumor websites continue to buzz with speculation about an upcoming MacBook laptop expected in May that could replace current iBooks. The release of the MacBook Pro by Apple in January seemed to suggest that another Intel-based laptop missing the “Pro” designation would be released later in the year. Given the annoucement of Apple Boot Camp that permits native booting into WindowsXP from an Intel-chip Macintosh computer as well as the even more exciting availability of Parallels Workstation which permits running of Windows applications within the Mac OS but at native processor speeds, things are getting quite interesting and dynamic in the laptop market.
I am wondering if Dell is going to come out with a new laptop product specifically focused on the education market, similar to the Panasonic Toughbook in durability? I do wonder why on earth Dell was not a bidder for the MLTI contract renewal? Maine is the first state in the U.S. to provide laptops to all middle school students, and if Dell wants to and can compete viably in the K-12 1:1 computing space, it mystifies me why they would not bid for MLTI. Their success in winning a contract for Henrico High School would seem to suggest a desire to compete strongly with Apple in this arena.
Successful implementation and results in a 1:1 educational initiative relies on far more than a vendor delivering hardware at the cheapest price to a school district’s loading dock. As TxTIP renews for 2006-2008 it will be interesting to see if Dell comes out with a new laptop for the education space to compete with the expected new MacBook from Apple.
One thing seems certain: Any new computer products announced by Dell or other PC vendors are not going to be running Macintosh OS X, optionally or otherwise!
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- Opening Remarks by Janet Barresi: Oklahoma Digital Learning Summit - 2012
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- Meeting with a future education leader: What would you say in 60 minutes? - 2010
- A Slidecast on Designing School 2.0 - 2009
- Podcast312: Reinventing Education for the 21st Century (Designing School 2.0) - 2009
- links for 2008-04-19 - 2008
- Be careful, be critical - 2007
- Permission to fail - 2007