The first bell has rung in seven of the first 12 “Steve Jobs schools” in the Netherlands. The schools, which are for students aged 4 to 12, were first announced in July. Featuring a curriculum that revolves entirely around the iPad, the schools will serve 1,000 students during the first year.
The Education for a New Era Foundation (O4NT), which developed the curriculum, has now opened schools in Sneek, Breda, Almere, Emmen, Heenvliet, and Amsterdam, according to AppleInsider.
The “Master Steve JobsSchool” in Sneek and the “Steve JobsSchool Breda” will incorporate the iPad-driven curriculum at all grade levels, while the other five plan to start first with lower grades and expand upward. The Steve Jobs curriculum is expected to expand in 2014 to include Dutch-speaking children around the world.
As noted by Spiegel Online earlier this year, the campuses go beyond simply providing iPads to every student. Each location is also devoid of “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.”
Instead, children will choose what they wish to learn based on what they happen to be curious about.
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