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1,000 students attend laptop conference in Orono

Posted May 24, 2012, at 11:16 a.m.
Last modified May 24, 2012, at 6:28 p.m.
Sean Doughty, 13, of the Sacopee Valley Middle School in Hiram was among the about 1,000 students who participated in the 9th annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono on Thursday, May 24, 2012.
Sean Doughty, 13, of the Sacopee Valley Middle School in Hiram was among the about 1,000 students who participated in the 9th annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Buy Photo
About 1,000 students participated in the 9th annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The students could learn about game design and using new applications on their school-issued computers. The day was concluded with the uber-session where all the students participated in performing a musical composition by turning their laptops into a musical instrument.
About 1,000 students participated in the 9th annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The students could learn about game design and using new applications on their school-issued computers. The day was concluded with the uber-session where all the students participated in performing a musical composition by turning their laptops into a musical instrument. Buy Photo

ORONO, Maine — Maine students turned their laptop computers into musical instruments and performed an original musical competition as part of an annual student laptop computer conference.

About 1,000 students and 200 teachers gathered Thursday in Orono for the ninth annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative conference.

The event brings together students to share how the Maine Learning Technology Initiative — which puts laptops in the hands of all seventh- and eighth-graders and most high school students — is being used in schools across Maine.

The musical performance included 12 live musicians on stage and two New World Symphony members from Miami. Other sessions ranged from video game design to tips on developing smartphone apps and using Garage Band software.

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