Dutch Panel of Educationist Recommends iPad Equipped Schools!
Highly interactive and attractive digital textbooks were the dream of Steve Jobs who was a great critic of the U.S. education system. He believed that the existing textbooks and education system of the USA was out dated and unable to produce quality persons in the society. When Jobs met with U.S. President Barack Obama, he shared his annoyance on hinders his company was facing in at the difficulty in building a factory in the United States, he also criticized America’s education system.
Walter Isaacson notes in his biography of Steve Jobs;
It was absurd, he added that American classrooms were still based on teachers standing at a board and using textbooks. All books, learning materials, and assessments should be digital and interactive, tailored to each student and providing feedback in real time.
Actually, Jobs dreamed for creating great digital textbook as a feature of the iPad. He also wanted to make textbooks free and packaged with the iPad, to contribute in the progress of American’s education system.
Besides this all, Georgia was the first that came forward to adopt Apple’s iPad as a replacement of heavy school bags. Some other schools in the world also have initiated towards the same steps but still iPad is getting no acceptance as the books alternate in school system.
However, a panel of four Dutch educators and politicians is recommending Steve Jobs’ vision and to build a school where students are taught with iPads only. Their recommendation will be presented on Monday in Amsterdam.
Their proposal is, in fact, the part of a new plan “Education for a New Era” which is being designed to help students for learning “21st century skills” and to explore the new ways about what students can learn in the classroom.
Though it is just a recommendation at this stage but the advocates are looking for testing new educational apps and encourage more to be developed to be used in their “Steve Jobs Schools” opening in August 2013.
Apple has already taken a striking step in this regard by introducing highly interactive digital textbooks in the form of “iBooks 2″ with the help of some renowned publishers including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt……..these companies together control 90% of the textbook market in the U.S.
Apple is also focusing its eyes on replacing books and school bags with their iPads and is developing high school textbooks initially. Apple apparently wants to enlarge the scope to all grade levels, and ultimately will accomplish Jobs’ vision of a digital classroom in near future.Apple, iPad