Seven schools in the Netherlands are making big news in the education world this week as they begin the year adopting a very radical education environment using iPads and adaptive learning technology as the driver of their online schools.
iPad-only Schools Flip the Traditional Brick-and-mortar Setting Upside Down
These schools give their students constant one-to-one access to online learning materials in efforts to help each child more effectively meet the state-required 58 core learning objectives.
These seven schools (to be followed by up to five more by the end of the year) utilize a number of non-traditional methods to leverage their education technology:
- The learning environment is always open and available. This includes anytime access to an on-school-grounds classroom and full access to the learning materials outside of the classroom (both via online use on the iPads).
- The new schools also eliminated the construct of individual grades. Instead, the students are lumped into two groups, ages 4-7 and ages 8-12
- The teachers "support" learning by assisting student usage and development of critical thinking skills (collaboration, analysis, etc.).
- The online activities support single student activities and group-based collaborative activities. This creates an "accordion effect", moving from whole class instruction to individual student learning (and back through the spectrum, as defined by the educator and adaptive technology).