The Maine Learning Technology Initiative is holding online briefings for educators about the state’s preferred option for laptops next year. Hewlett-Packard beat Apple for the bidding in Maine to provide tens of thousands of laptops next year. The so-called webinars featuring Director of Learning Technology Jeff Mao on Tuesday and Wednesday will explain how the specs were chosen and why certain components were included. Topics also include a discussion of the transition from Apple machines to laptops running Windows. Maine, the only state to provide laptops to public school students statewide, worked with Hawaii and Vermont to negotiate the contract focusing on five different laptops and tablets. Schools can choose one of the other products, including Apple iPads and the MacBook Air, but would have to pay the cost difference.