Last spring, educators in the Netherlands sparked international headlines with their plan to proceed with the development and launch of so-called “Steve Jobs schools.”

Intending to bring the late Apple co-founder's vision for technology's indispensable presence in the classroom one step closer to reality, the plan calls for the design of an entirely iPad-based education system.

On Tuesday, Spiegel Online International reported that eleven "Steve Jobs schools" will open this August.

For now, we can confirm that Amsterdam will host at least one facility akin to the objective outlined. Today's report notes that approximately 1,000 children (ages 4-12) will attend the schools. They'll be there without pens, paper, notebooks, books, or the usual school supplies with which we all grew up. Each student, however, will have one thing we didn't: an iPad.

Only in exceptional cases will a teacher direct classes in groups. Normally, 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 Steve Jobs school (that's what the report calls it although it remains to be seen if the moniker will be official) will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 on every workday.

Source: Spiegel Online International