- The first seven of The Education for a New Era Foundation's "Steve JobsSchools" opened this week in the Dutch towns of Sneek, Breda, Almere, Emmen, Heenvliet and Amsterdam.
- The schools ditch textbooks and traditional scheduling and structure in favor of "virtual classrooms" contained within iPads equipped with specialized apps, though students also interact in "subject rooms" like the language or math rooms, technology lab, gym or at planned activities.
- While five of the schools will serve only lower grades at first, Sneek's "Master Steve JobsSchool" and the "Steve JobsSchool Breda" enroll students at all grade levels; student progress is measured via the "iDesk Learning Tracker" app.
From the article:
... According to O4NT, the unique teaching method is a more efficient approach to reaching the 58 core objectives set forth by the Dutch Ministry of Education. By using a "one-on-one student-iPad ratio," the schools are able to adapt to the needs of individual students rather than tailor lessons for the group.
Branching from the O4NT's core system is a suite of apps that range from a virtual schoolyard to a student tracker parents and teachers use to dynamically monitor a child's progress. Actually, O4NT refers to a teachers as "coaches," as their main role in the classroom has been modified to offer support for a child's individual and group projects, rather than just broadcasting lesson material. ...