Steve Jobs Schools: Seven Have Opened in the Netherlands
On August 21st, seven “Steve Jobs Schools” opened up in the Netherlands. They are called that because of the way of learning is done on iPads. The iPads substitute many forms of teaching and the way information is displayed such as eliminating blackboards, schedules, parent-teacher conferences, paper assignments and documents, etc.
The Education for a New Era Foundation (O4NT) are the creators of these schools. Some of the schools will have this curriculum available for all grade levels, while some will start with the younger grades and have them grow with the program.
The role of the teachers, who are now called “Coaches”, have changed slightly. Instead of providing the children with information and assignments, they are supporting the studen’ts own goals and projects. This allows the student to be creative and facilitate a better learning experience. Students will be much more engaged knowing they are able to learn in their own way, instead of being taught from someone elses view.
Many great features come with iPads. There’s a virtual schoolyard called “sCoolSpace” allowing the students to meet with one another at their leisure. Coaches and students have an avatar and can communicate with one another by FaceTime or messaging. Also, teachers can view their childs progress through their own portal called “iDesk Learning Tracker”. The students have both support from their parents, peers, and coaches.
Also, the school allows the students to show up between 7:30am and 6:30pm, and require them to onsite between 10:30am and 3pm. This makes school much more flexible and accessible. Vacation, appointments, and other important gatherings are much easier for the students and parents.
Traditional schools do not allow students to learn based on their own needs. Everyone learns differently, and each teacher has a different way of teaching. These schools allow the students to have their own schedule, goals, and personal projects that will provide them the best learning experience.
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