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The first seven "Steve JobsSchools" officially opened their doors in the Netherlands on Wednesday, kicking off an ambitious experiment in child education where Apple's iPad is the main cog of the learning apparatus, acting as a hub for all daily activities.

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First day of school at Master Steve JobsSchool in Sneek, Netherlands. | Source: O4NT


As AppleInsider reported in July, the so-called "Steve JobsSchools" operate under a completely new philosophy that puts technology ? namely Apple technology ? at the heart of the classroom. Instead of textbooks, rigid schedules and a highly structured course of study, students are given a portable "virtual school" consisting of a single iPad loaded with specialized apps.

The Education for a New Era Foundation (O4NT), which developed the principles behind the teaching method, opened its first set of schools in the towns of Sneek, Breda, Almere, Emmen, Heenvliet and Amsterdam. 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.

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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.

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Student interaction in school is crucial, but at least a part of that experience at Steve JobsSchools is virtual. A good example is "sCoolSpace," a virtual schoolyard app designated to each physical school where students can meet and interact in the digital realm. Coaches and students have their own personalized avatars and communicate via baked in support for FaceTime, Skype and instant messaging, while augmented reality technology offers "life-like" experiences.Because the curriculum is available on the iPad 24/7, parents can schedule their child's vacation period and school hours.

Not all of a student's life is spent glued to a tablet, however, as the daily Steve JobsSchool routine takes them around "subject rooms" located on the physical school grounds. Depending on their personal schedule, students can be found in the language room, math room, gym, technology lab, or at a planned activity for which they previously registered through one of O4NT's apps.

Parents and teachers can monitor a child's daily movements with the "iDesk Learning Tracker," which provides data on how long a student spent in a certain app, what level they reached and where they need help. The tool can also be used to compare a student's progress against other individuals, or an average for children of the same age.

Because the iPad-based curriculum is available at all times, parents can schedule vacations and even set school hours at their discretion. The "TikTik sCoolTool" calendar app helps with scheduling by automating events like logging school arrival times. Students are able to see what's planned for the day ahead as soon as they get to school and can create events on the fly. Parents and teachers also have access to the calendar for purposes of monitoring and management.

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With nearly all aspects of student life being digitally recorded and shared, O4NT can compile data to further refine the program's methodology going forward. It is this level of connectivity and per-student attention that makes the system so unique and customizable.

O4NT says at least 12 Steve JobsSchools will be in operation by the end of the school year, while Dutch speaking children around the world will have a chance to use the iPad-based curriculum when O4NT International rolls out in early 2014.

More information about O4NT and its project can be found on the foundation's website or at www.educationforanewera.com.
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Wow I wish I could go back to such a school.
Amazing.
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Ahhh, I don't like it.
First of all, how're the kids gonna understand that guy pointing at a Sharp TV?
He's speaking Dutch, right?

And secondly, all the kids're gonna do is play "Angry Birds" & look at YouTube, Twitter, Instagram,
Vine, Skype & FaceTime all day.

This is a complete & utter waste of valuable time & resources and is a liberal "progressive education"
disaster just wating to happen.


You are aware that apps can be disabled right ?
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Cool. They are actually going ahead with it. Wishing them all the best. I too use an ipad in my classroom teaching and will be following them to see what new ideas I can implement in my own teaching.
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What they really should do is get these kids on the jobsite and let 'em learn the value of a dollar & an honest, hard day's woik!
That's what they oughta do!

 

Learning the value of a dollar isn't going to help Dutch kids much.

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Can't wait for the Samsung Schools to open, where it's encouraged to copy off the smart students and explain that's just the convergence of education and smart students shouldn't monopolize learning.
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Yeah ....
Like, as soon as they're locked out, they're not gonna unlock 'em.
All they gotta do is surf to a site that'll tell 'em how to do it, or just go to a jailbreak site et voilá -- instant Fun Device®!

What they really should do is get these kids on the jobsite and let 'em learn the value of a dollar & an honest, hard day's woik!
That's what they oughta do!

Every age has its own learning tools. Our ancient ancestors dint have bound books. They prolly used the trees bark to write and read. Paper Books came in later . And now digital learning in this digital age we live in can serve education a lot more. Like interactive learning with use of 3D models and sound or videos. As of games being a source of distraction that can be solved by technology solutions. How hard is it to have an app that tells the teacher how many of his students are still connected to it.
Study apps could also be designed to not run on jail broken devices. Software technology can be developed to discourage and even stop use of games and other distractive apps if that's the intention.
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Ahhh, I don't like it.
First of all, how're the kids gonna understand that guy pointing at a Sharp TV?
He's speaking Dutch, right?

And secondly, all the kids're gonna do is play "Angry Birds" & look at Twitter, Skype, Instagram,
YouTube, Vine & FaceTime all day.

Plus, it's August.
I thought school starts in September after Labor Day?

They're gonna spend the entire time just futzing around & not getting any work done.
I'm not saying this is wrong or that they're bad kids for doiing it.
What I'm saying is that this is the natural order of things -- that's what me & my friends would be doing.

This is a complete & utter waste of valuable time & resources and is a liberal "progressive education"
disaster just wating to happen.
Reading, 'Riting & 'Rithmatic -- that's what'll help these kids & do 'em the most good!
And no fancy lunches, either -- just a container of regular kawfee & a buttered roll.

Now it's time for me to go to school.
The school of the jobsite.
And the boss doesn't want an apple on his desk!

Are you for real??

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This is a complete & utter waste of valuable time & resources and is a liberal "progressive education"
disaster just wating to happen.
Reading, 'Riting & 'Rithmatic -- that's what'll help these kids & do 'em the most good!
And no fancy lunches, either -- just a container of regular kawfee & a buttered roll.

 

This has worked so well in the past, why change? 18th in the world.

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Can't wait for the Samsung Schools to open, where it's encouraged to copy off the smart students and explain that's just the convergence of education and smart students shouldn't monopolize learning.

 

That's gold, Jerry! Gold.

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I wish Nanny Bloomberg with his billions would donate these to NYC schools to up their grade testing scores- they're abysmal.

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Learning the value of a dollar isn't going to help Dutch kids much.

 

Are you saying there are other countries besides the United States?! No way!

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Are you for real??

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Very unlikely!

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But Android!

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Ahhh, I don't like it.
First of all, how're the kids gonna understand that guy pointing at a Sharp TV?
He's speaking Dutch, right?

 

This article is not about the US. It's about Denmark. They speak Dutch.

 

 

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And secondly, all the kids're gonna do is play "Angry Birds" & look at Twitter, Skype, Instagram,
YouTube, Vine & FaceTime all day.

 

This article is about iPads with specialized apps ands settings (incl. disabled apps).

 

 

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Plus, it's August.
I thought school starts in September after Labor Day?

 

This article is not about the US.
 
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This is a complete & utter waste of valuable time & resources and is a liberal "progressive education"
disaster just wating to happen.

 

Where did you get your education from? The US? Seems like a disaster to me.
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Learning the value of a dollar isn't going to help Dutch kids much.

Now wait, that's probably not true. They can learn how one should not dig yourself into such a large hole that you're unlikely to ever get out of it and how that devalues your currency. Good lesson in there.

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But Android!

A hospital in my neighborhood decided to use Android tablets. It was on the radio too. Sheesh they find local media to advertise the platform.
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Conventional and Digital teaching methods. Now that's amazing!
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This article is not about the US. It's about Denmark. They speak Dutch.

 

 

 

Its actually The Netherlands were they speak Dutch and not Denmark.

In Denmark they speak Danish.

And Amsterdam is the Capital of The Netherlands.

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This article is not about the US. It's about Denmark. They speak Dutch.

This article is about iPads with specialized apps ands settings (incl. disabled apps).

This article is not about the US.
 
Where did you get your education from? The US? Seems like a disaster to me.

Well, the same would be true for you. Where did you learn that they speak Dutch in Denmark?
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first of all most dutch people speak english,  usually better than americans.  my english comes with a pedigree.

 

schools by apple is probably a great idea.  when the apple stores opened,  it was generally

frowned upon.  that is until it blew the cover off the ball.  we need a repeat.

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Learning the value of a dollar isn't going to help Dutch kids much.

Yeah, that would be pound-foolish ¡

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Ahhh, I don't like it.

First of all, how're the kids gonna understand that guy pointing at a Sharp TV?

He's speaking Dutch, right?

This article is not about the US. It's about Denmark. They speak Dutch.

Danish. Dutch in The Netherlands, or Holland, as many Americans say.
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Plus, it's August.

I thought school starts in September after Labor Day?

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This article is not about the US.

What has that to do with anything? Labor Day is just a day in the year, and can be used as reference to the date. Now, not everyone in The Netherlands knows when labor day is, but geez.
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Flashy site, this O4NT, but it is short on educational substance. What I would want to see is the curriculum plans, not just the technology. I'd want to see the teacher professional development material. Then, of course, I'd want to see how the process is working.

However much some would like to see this approach work, the development of full educational curriculum based on ipad apps would be a big challenge and long term project. Though it now seems forever that we've been using iPads, it's been less than 4 years, and that is a minuscule timeframe in which to implement such a change.
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Yikes...

 

I love my iPad, and I think it is certainly possible that the iPad could be a great educational tool. 

 

But they should really conduct a rigorous evaluation of this before they scale it up. (maybe they did, but I doubt it -- Europeans are surprisingly hostile towards rigorous evaluations of social/educational programs). 

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Yikes...

I love my iPad, and I think it is certainly possible that the iPad could be a great educational tool. 

But they should really conduct a rigorous evaluation of this before they scale it up. (maybe they did, but I doubt it -- Europeans are surprisingly hostile towards rigorous evaluations of social/educational programs). 

Yes, "rigorous evaluations" of educational programs are an American specialty. Education, on the other hand . . .
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I would have liked to know something about the involvement of Jobs (his wife or estate) in all this. They can't have just appropriated his name without at least permission--buying a bunch of iPads doesn't confer naming rights. Is Laurene actively involved, or do they just have her blessing? Incomplete story.

I also wonder if the fact that his yacht was built there factors into the connection. And by the way, what happened to the yacht?
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I saw a variation of this on set over the past couple of days. School here in LA has already started for a couple of tracks and we have three kids filming on the show I'm working on. One of them is part of an iPad pilot program and was able to FaceTime with his class during part of his school hours to meet his classmates etc. The producers are even going to let him do a little 'how a TV show is filmed' interactive with his class over the next few days. This will help him to socially join with the class and not just be the kid that is sometimes there and then disappears.

And since the lessons are on the iPad he is following right along with his classmates and can ask questions from his real teacher and not the studio teacher who might be different each day and is working with all three of them.
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I do hope iPadCary is wisecracking, otherwise it's another case of an American who doesn't know that there are any other countries in the world. This idea maybe unusual it maybe far-reaching but isn't that the same thinking behind the Pilgrim Fathers to found the "Greatest Nation in the World"?
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But Android!

 

.... is full of malware.

 

http://www.informationweek.com/mobility/security/android-malware-continues-to-surge/232601868

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I wish Nanny Bloomberg with his billions would donate these to NYC schools to up their grade testing scores- they're abysmal.

Ahh... My Dad attended HS in NYC -- Peter Styvesant High School

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Ahh... Nirvana:

Cruising down the Brahmaputra...  Studying the Kama sutra...  on a 12" iPad 1smoking.gif
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Ahh... My Dad attended HS in NYC -- Peter Styvesant High School

Hay, whassup with all the reference to The Netherlands today ¿

(PS: Stuyvesant)
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Ahh... My Dad attended HS in NYC -- Peter Styvesant High School

Hay, whassup with all the reference to The Netherlands today ¿

(PS: Stuyvesant)

Just an opportunity to be a smartass...


I, Actually, think that iPads in education at all levels is a fantastic use of technology... When done right!


The real biggie is supposed to be the Fatih Project in Turkey:

http://fatihproject.com/?p=27


I wonder what is happening... the $4.5 Billion contract was supposed to be awarded by now???
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I do hope iPadCary is wisecracking, otherwise it's another case of an American who doesn't know that there are any other countries in the world. This idea maybe unusual it maybe far-reaching but isn't that the same thinking behind the Pilgrim Fathers to found the "Greatest Nation in the World"?

Mmmm.......

There are many who would challenge that the Pilgrims founded the US:

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The following is list of the 15 oldest continuously inhabited cities in the United States.

1) Saint Augustine, Florida
• Year of Founding: 1565

1) Jamestown, Virginia
• Year of Founding: 1607

2) Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Year of Founding: 1607

3) Hampton, Virginia
• Year of Founding: 1610

4) Kecoughtan, Virginia
• Year of Founding: 1610

5) Newport News, Virginia
• Year of Founding: 1613

6) Albany, New York
• Year of Founding: 1614

7) Jersey City, New Jersey
• Year of Founding: 1617

8) Plymouth, Massachusetts
• Year of Founding: 1620

9) Weymouth, Massachusetts
• Year of Founding: 1622

10) Dover, New Hampshire
• Year of Founding: 1623

11) Gloucester, Massachusetts
• Year of Founding: 1623

12) New Amsterdam, New York
• Year of Founding: 1625

13) Salem, Massachusetts
• Year of Founding: 1626

14) Lynn, Massachusetts
• Year of Founding: 1629

15) Charleston, Massachusetts
• Year of Founding: 1629

http://geography.about.com/od/unitedstatesofamerica/a/oldest-cities-united-states.htm


And, Let's not forget the Huguenots:

Early emigration[edit source | editbeta]
See also: France Antarctique and French Florida

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Etching of Fort Caroline.

The first Huguenots to leave France sought freedom from persecution in Switzerland and the Netherlands.[citation needed] A group of Huguenots was part of the French colonisers who arrived in Brazil in 1555 to found France Antarctique. A couple of ships with around 500 people arrived at the Guanabara Bay, present-day Rio de Janeiro, and settled in a small island. A fort, named Fort Coligny, was built to protect them from attack from the Portuguese troops and Brazilian Native Americans. It was an attempt to establish a French colony in South America. The fort was destroyed in 1560 by the Portuguese, who captured part of the Huguenots. The Portuguese threatened the prisoners with death if they did not convert to Catholicism. The Huguenots of Guanabara, as they are now known, produced a declaration of faith to express their beliefs to the Portuguese. This was their death sentence. This document, the Guanabara Confession of Faith, became the first Protestant confession of faith in the whole of the Americas.[citation needed]

A group of Norman Huguenots under the leadership of Jean Ribault in 1562 established the small colony of Fort Caroline in 1564, on the banks of the St. Johns River, in what is today Jacksonville, Florida. The colony was the first attempt at any permanent European settlement in the present-day continental United States, but the group survived only a short time. In September 1565, an attack against the new Spanish colony at St. Augustine backfired when the French ships were hit by a hurricane on their way to the Spanish encampment at Fort Matanzas. Hundreds of French soldiers were stranded and surrendered to the numerically inferior Spanish forces led by Pedro Menendez. Menendez proceeded to massacre the defenseless Huguenots, and the Spanish wiped out the Fort Caroline garrison.[37]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huguenot


It appears that religious persecution has some unintended consequences.
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Even besides the iPad the video gives me good vibes about the Dutch educational system in general. I know the French and German systems are very good.

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They can learn how one should not dig yourself into such a large hole that you're unlikely to ever get out of it ...

Then I guess one just learns to live there...below sea level. Seems like they dug themselves quite a hole.

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Even besides the iPad the video gives me good vibes about the Dutch educational system in general. I know the French and German systems are very good.

The schools are funded through O4NT, a private foundation. Private schools in the US are pretty good too. American universities seem to have a solid reputation as well. It is no wonder so many foreign students want to study in the US.

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Danish. Dutch in The Netherlands, or Holland, as many Americans say.

 

I know it is confusing, but most people in the Netherlands do not live in 'Holland'. See http://bit.ly/17396Or ;)

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Great! Now kids can stay glued to a screen all day and not interact with anyone so we can create a more socially disfunctional society.
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Great! Now kids can stay glued to a screen all day and not interact with anyone so we can create a more socially disfunctional society.

 

Yeah, that's not even relevant.

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