The iBook for students initiative in the US State of Maine has borne new fruit – with private school Thornton Academy planning to furnish notebooks to all its students in autumn.

Lloyd Hunt, director of instruction at the private high school: "Hunt said that, to his knowledge, Thornton is the first of Maine's independent schools to implement such a program. All seventh- and eighth-graders in Maine's public schools are provided laptops. This year, Governor John Baldacci endorsed the idea that the program be extended to high school students," reports local paper MaineToday.

The private school is negotiating whether to buy or lease Apple notebooks with Apple. It's estimated that the scheme will cost $3 million to launch and $900,000 per year to maintain.

A Maine public school principal, Greg Goodness described the impact of the scheme as "amazing" and "transformational".

"The world is at their fingertips," he said, "I don't know how you get that much information for that kind of price."