Can the iPad transform the education system? One Dutch community is giving it a try – Dutch iPad Only Schools. Here are some highlights:
- Each child is given an iPad (about 1,000 kids ranging from 4 to 12 years old)
- No “notebooks, books or backpacks”
- 11 “Steve Jobs Schools” opening in August 2013
- Have “no 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”
- Open from “7:30 a.m. to 6:30 on every workday. The children will come and go as they please, as long as they are present during the core period between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.”
- Children will learn through iPad “learning apps”
- If an app isn’t effective, teacher finds new apps
- The app corrects children and advances them to the next level, when ready
- The teacher facilitates and coaches rather than imparting knowledge
- Monitor child’s progress through iPad
- Meet every 6 weeks to discuss learning goals for the next learning segment
What Do You Think?
The transition to all iPads feels extreme but that’s what has me interested in this effort. One of my first reactions was “yikes, no pen, paper or blackboard.” Pen and paper are an important part of my learning process.
I want to see the “lessons learned” from this effort. How fast will the schools adapt to feedback and make changes to this environment? Did children collaborate or work alone? Was there any impact on handwriting?
The principal (Gertjan Kleinpaste) says, “what we are doing will seem pretty normal in 2020.” What do you think?