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The Education Technology Plan (ETP) is the Program for the technology modernization of
Portuguese schools - www.escola.gov.pt/. This comprehensive Plan is a brainchild of Premier
Jose Socrates’ Government and consists of three axis: Technology, Content and Training.
Content covers the development of portals for schools, an advanced institutional portal for
the Ministry of Education, and special measures aimed at simplifying processes at schools
and reducing bureaucracy. Training covers the training of school teachers on IT, IT
internships and online assessment.
Within the Technology Axis the connection of Schools and classrooms to the internet along
with the access to services plays a key role. The ETP goal is to place Portuguese schools in
the top 5 most advanced school systems in Europe by 2010.
Simultaneously, the Magalhães initiative (“Magellan” in English, named after the Portuguese
navigator) - http://www.magalhaes.gov.pt - deployed circa 500.000 specially built Intel
classmatePC’s produced by JP Sá Couto in Portugal.
The task of connecting all 8,300 schools through broadband was initiated in 1997 and
concluded by 2006. The ETP currently in execution represents the next step into the next
generation of digital schools, where broadband connectivity is leveraged through the
access to content, collaboration and services thus completing the process initiated in
1997. By 2001, Portugal was one of the first European countries to have connected all of
its schools to the internet.
The Education Tec
(ETP) is a key Prog
ram from the
Ministry of Educa
tion for the
Portuguese Public Schools Deploy
the Critical Links education appliance in
the Largest School Modernization
Ministry of Education, Portugal
enabling school 2.0
Pedro Ferreira - Member of the Board of Directors, UMIC–Knowledge