For education: Intel Classmate PC deployed en masse in Portugal


Intel’s Classmate PC, the company’s answer to the XO Laptop, will soon be in the hands of Portugal’s schoolchildren. Some 500,000 laptops will be given to the country’s six-to-10-year-olds as part of a government initiative to improve education. Laptops for educations? Sounds familiar.

While the Classmate will no doubt help the youngsters, Portuguese teachers recognize that a laptop isn’t the be all, end all to improve education, saying that the laptops are part of a “holistic” approach to education.

Who didn’t learn how to ford a river (and more!) by playing Oregon Trail in their school’s computer lab?

At right is Portugal’s greatest export, Cristiano Ronaldo.