Dutch 'Steve Jobs Schools' to Primarily Use iPads in Classrooms
This August, 11 'Steve Jobs Schools' as they're called, will open their doors in the Netherlands serving students primarily through apps on the iPad. Over 1000 children ages 4 to 12 will attend school without books, notebooks or backpacks and will carry their own iPad instead.
There will be no blackboards, chalk or classrooms, homeroom teachers, formal classes, lesson plans, seating charts, pens, teachers teaching from the front of the room, schedules, parent-teacher meetings, grades, recess bells, fixed school days and school vacations. If a child would rather play on his or her iPad instead of learning, it'll be okay. And the children will choose what they wish to learn based on what they happen to be curious about.
The Steve Jobs school will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 on every workday. The children will come and go as they please, as long as they are present during the core period between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The building will only be closed for Christmas and New Year's. The children's families will be able to go on vacation when they please, and no child will have to be worried about missing class as a result, since classes in the traditional sense will be nonexistent.
Last month a school district in California agreed to purchase $30 million dollars worth of iPads to use in classrooms.
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