STEVE JOBSSCHOOL AMSTERDAM VISIT
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THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DE POLSSTOK
STEVE JOBSSCHOOL AMSTERDAM, one of the most significant Dutch innovative school models, discards the conventional wisdom in full. Instead of corralling kids through the same educational system, they let them go at their own pace; allowing each kid to excel and grow as a valuable individual in a 24/7 learning journey without being restricted to school hours. All students receive iPads ready with all the needed educational apps to guide the individualized learning process. The school and teachers possess many IT tools that allow them to follow-up on the students’ learning progress, intervening when necessary. The use of ICT is just one of the visible elements of a totally shifted approach to the ‘old’ school model.
“The Steve JobsSchool is a combination of enterntainment, excitement, challenge and education. the founder is an extremely inspiring leader with great ideas and a comprehesive knowledge of the school; keen on developing the students’ self-esteem” Ms. Nadia A
The group also attended a workshop delivered by Mr. Maurice De Hond, the school’s founder and the nationwide well-known public figure and entrepreneur. He took the group on a school tour giving them the chance to have a 2 hours Q&A session. Many debates and hot discussions took place about the future of education and student’s engagement as a main condition for any successful learning process.