A report on German website – Spiegel describes how the iPad is revolutionizing the educational experience in the Netherlands
According to the report, eleven “Steve Jobs schools” will open in August, in the Netherlands with nearly 1,000 children aged four to 12 will attend the schools, without notebooks, books or backpacks, only his or her own iPad.
“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,” Marco Evers reports. “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,” according to the report.