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Key Highlights from Portugal’s 1:1 eLearning Initiative

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Key Highlights from Portugal’s 1:1 eLearning Initiative

Key outcomes
• The national government distributed locally manufactured PCs to nearly every primary school student in the country to help overcome digital illiteracy.
• Professional development programs helped teachers integrate technology in their classrooms. Some teachers did not feel involved in the process and were disappointed in the training provided.
• Funding was eliminated in 2011, but Magellan PCs continue to be popular in classrooms and homes, where parents and children report using the PCs for work, school, and play.

From 2008 through 2011, Portugal’s government sought to integrate 1:1 eLearning in their primary schools through an initiative unprecedented in its framework, goals, and scale. The Magellan project, part of a national technology plan, enabled the families of most students in grades 1-4 to purchase a laptop. It was one of the largest and most ambitious 1:1 eLearning initiatives in Europe.

Program results were mixed. Students and families value their PCs, but parents have concerns about recreational use, and exposure to the Internet. Teachers recognize the value of improving digital literacy, but some view lack of adequate teacher training as a major flaw.

Intel commissioned a study with researchers from the University of Porto and SRI International to understand the initiative’s vision, successes, and challenges. This document summarizes the research findings to share key learnings—what worked, what didn’t work, what could be improved—with other interested parties.

Read the full Key Highlights from Portugal’s 1:1 eLearning Initiative Research Summary.