Seven of the ‘Steve Jobs’ schools open in the Netherlands

Macworld Australia Staff
22 August, 2013
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Following our report last month about the revolutionary new schools planned in the Netherlands, it has been announced that seven of the 11 have now opened.

Schools in the northern hemisphere start their school year around this time, and these so-called ‘Steve Jobs’ schools are now among them. The seven pioneering locations are Sneek, Breda, Almere, Emmen, Heenvliet and Amsterdam.

In the schools, the iPad will replace many traditional learning tools and elements, such as blackboards, schedules, and parent/teacher conferences.

“Two of the schools currently provide the iPad-centric curriculum at all grade levels, while the other schools will begin with younger students and expand to higher grades as the children move through school,” reports TUAW.com.

The schools also boast several other unique features, such as the sCoolSpace, which is a virtual schoolyard, where the students can meet anytime. Whether or not it will include a virtual bike shed to misbehave behind is, however, unclear at this stage.

One other feature that is bound to be hugely popular is the schools’ attitude to time – pupils can attend any time between 7.30am and 6.30pm, as long as they are definitely present between 10.30 and 3pm.

The whole enterprise is an initiative of the Education for a New Era Foundation (O4NT), which developed the teaching principles behind schools.

by Macworld Australia staff

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