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    Default First Wave of Steve Jobs Schools Opens in The Netherlands


    In July, MMi covered a group of educators in the Netherlands who sparked international headlines with their plan to proceed with the development and launch of so-called “Steve Jobs schools.”

    Per the curriculum's design, students of each school are not equipped with pens, paper, notebooks, books, or any of the usual school supplies. Each student, however, will have an iPad. The children will learn by calling up a learning app on their iPad, "which will be turned into a sort of interactive, multimedia schoolbook -- whenever they want."

    The Education for a New Era Foundation (O4NT) confirmed yesterday that the first wave of Steve Jobs Schools are opening in the Netherlands today. Sneek, Breda, Almere, Emmen, Heenvliet and Amsterdam are presently home to the these revolutionary schools.

    By the end of the school year, the foundation expects to have at least a dozen schools in operation, with more planned for next year on a broad, international level.

    The organization's new website is now operational. It details how the Steve Jobs Schools function, their aims, and the foundation's ultimate objectives. To learn more, click here.

    Source: O4NT

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    Wow..how about the U.S.?? We are already behind with learning on average. Would be nice to see these here. Are they here already and I am just unaware...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Wow..how about the U.S.?? We are already behind with learning on average. Would be nice to see these here. Are they here already and I am just unaware...?
    Well, I have always heard and been told that the Dutch School System is on a higher level than the American School System. I'm not sure to what extend that's true. But haven been raised in the Dutch Culture I feel that the American School System does have and edge in practical applications, real live scenarios and better general preparation for students future when it comes to education. I don't feel like the Dutch School System really gives you that... I always felt "not interested" in most subjects I got at school... even those that I was interested in, I lost interest in when the course just didn't meet my expectations. I have a College Degree in Systems Engineering and I did my first year and half of my Bachelors' of Information Systems but I lost interest and dropped out...

    I'm currently a Systems Engineer specialized in Casino System and I'm responsible for the Latin America and Caribbean Region with some customers in the United States. Maybe my views are just different than those most others that were raised in my culture have. But you have to give it to the Dutch, they are very innovative and are good at what they do... This is a good example!

    I'm surprise no one in the States thought of this first... Even if they did, they are clearly behind the Dutch on this one...

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Wow..how about the U.S.?? We are already behind with learning on average. Would be nice to see these here. Are they here already and I am just unaware...?
    Well, I have always heard and been told that the Dutch School System is on a higher level than the American School System. I'm not sure to what extend that's true. But haven been raised in the Dutch Culture I feel that the American School System does have and edge in practical applications, real live scenarios and better general preparation for students future when it comes to education. I don't feel like the Dutch School System really gives you that... I always felt "not interested" in most subjects I got at school... even those that I was interested in, I lost interest in when the course just didn't meet my expectations. I have a College Degree in Systems Engineering and I did my first year and half of my Bachelors' of Information Systems but I lost interest and dropped out...

    I'm currently a Systems Engineer specialized in Casino System and I'm responsible for the Latin America and Caribbean Region with some customers in the United States. Maybe my views are just different than those most others that were raised in my culture have. But you have to give it to the Dutch, they are very innovative and are good at what they do... This is a good example!

    I'm surprise no one in the States thought of this first... Even if they did, they are clearly behind the Dutch on this one...

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    i would love to go to one these kind of schools! i dont like writing or reading! and i love to do hand on activities or jobs!

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