By: Nuno Martins, Program Director, Millennium@EDU, Intel Corporation
Doubts about the advantages of the Information, Communication and Scientific Technologies (ICSTs) in the learning process once cast a shadow over pioneer initiatives like the Portuguese E-School program, which deployed over 1 million personal computers (PCs) in a 4 year period, reaching all students and teachers in the country. That time is long gone.
Intel Corporation was proudly one of the most important partners in that program and continues to support projects that promote the use of ICSTs all over the world, as more and more communities, regions and countries perceive their value as a fundamental component of student’s education.
In this regard, the Millennium@EDU Initiative positions itself as one of the most comprehensive solutions available for local education systems, schools, local companies and businesses. The program’s mission is to contribute to the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the use of ICSTs in access to quality education and learning while fostering key 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity, among others.
To fulfill this mission, Millennium@EDU is run as a multi-stakeholder initiative. It brings together public and private entities to develop ICSTs, incorporating educational, economic and social considerations. These entities include multinational companies that work in education and technology, such as Microsoft Corporation, as well as local companies empowered by the program.
All Millennium@EDU projects encompass a wide range of ICSTs equipment that improve access to quality education. These include a personal device designed for students’ use duly equipped with productivity tools, lab ware that connects with the device and allows for basic experiments and measurements in and outside class, an interactive whiteboard and projector, a school server and a learning management system supported by Intel Education. In addition to this comprehensive solution pack, Millennium@EDU projects assure reliable deployment and technical support and, most important, an adequate teacher training elements program.
By the end of 2013, several countries had adopted Millennium@EDU, including Egypt, Philippines, and Mexico. The program is forecast to reach 15 million students in the next 3 to 4 years.
But ICSTs, Intel and Millennium@EDU are beyond hardware and software. They are about discovery and innovation, about learning and sharing, about connecting students and bringing together different cultures, realities and environments. That’s why all students participating in a Millennium@EDU project are automatically eligible to enter the Millennium@EDU World Classroom Program which connects classrooms all over the world in the development of an Educational Plan that includes different areas of the curricula, like History, Biology, Geography, Literature and any other subjects chosen by participant classes and teachers.
Intel believes that connecting classrooms, students and empowering teachers throughout the world is making the difference in education and is key for a better, more harmonious, but also more inclusive and productive world. And that’s why we will continue to give our full support to programs like Millennium@EDU!
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Nuno Martins is Program Director for the Millennium@EDU Initiative at Intel Corporation. He is directly responsible for the Millennium@EDU Initiative alongside other global education programs at Intel. Nuno leads a global team that drives programs to accelerate technology benefits in education with a scope of activities that cover a wide range of learning needs, including: university student programs, teacher PC programs, K-12 learning technologies, 1:1 personal learning infrastructure and supporting digital educational content.