The first seven exclusive “Steve Jobs schools” have opened their doors in the Netherlands reports MacRumors.
The schools are called ‘Steve Jobs Schools’ as they use the iPad as their primary education tool.
Starting from today, schools in the Dutch cities of Sneek, Breda, Almere, Emmen, Heenvliet and Amsterdam will start teaching students according to the principles of the O4NT, or Onderwijs voor een nieuwe tijd (Education for a new era), which emphasizes the role of the iPad in an elementary school environment.
The program, which was first proposed by Dutch officials back in March 2012, gives every child access to a “virtual school” through an iPad and helps them develop information and communication technology (ICT) and information processing skills, collaboration techniques and a critical, problem-solving and creative mind.
Parents can track the progress of their kids via a special app called iDesk Learning Tracker, and the students are also required to maintain their own portfolio of work documenting progress and achievements using ‘TikTik’s sCoolTool‘.
O4NT plans to have 12 ‘Steve JobsSchools’ up and running in the Netherlands by the end of this school year. They aim to bring Dutch-language courses to non-residents of the Netherlands via an international programme starting next year.