While there is no doubt that technology is invading classrooms at lightning speed across the world, the integration of e-learning curriculums with tech remains in its early days. Any new machine for education is increasingly only as meaningful as the content it offers.
At this point, we remember already back in 2009, Mingoville had teamed up with the Portuguese government (Ministry of Education) to integrate our award-winning Mingoville English e-learning program for children on half a million Intel’s Classmate PCs in Portugal.
The Portugese Government had conceived an ambitious and realistic plan to provide all school children with an affordable (or in some cases completely free of charge) laptop. Besides Portugal, 10 laptops were ordered to be sent to Kosovo and 1000 pieces to Botswana.
It feels a revival of some sort lately, or potentially an aggressive trend in ICT for education on the rise, with Apple’s education-focused iPad and News Corp’s development of an education curriculum to integrate into their Amplify machine for schools. Exciting times ahead.
This spring, we will be releasing a preschool edition app of our Mingoville English e-learning product, which will be available on iOS and Android. As one of the pioneers in providing ICT English and Math education content, we are definitely ready to be part of the game.