Speaking of the future of the classroom, I came across the Steve Jobs Schools in the Netherlands the other day and it is astounding how far ahead some of these schools are in comparison to our nation’s school systems. The idea of doing away with grade levels alone is ingenious, but likely to get so much pushback from unions that it would almost certainly never occur in the US on a larger scale.
As a handsome and directly connected aside, Apple updated their Apple and Education website today in the attempt to better showcase the use of Apple technologies in the classroom. The Loop website had this to say:
Each section presents its own stories and resources, allowing you to find the best teaching plan, apps and information to suit your style. There is even a section profiling schools that have used technology to further their student’s knowledge and education.
Sounds like a great resource and some evidence that education continues to be an important piece to Apple’s overall strategy, especially given the fact that they want kids to learn to use and enjoy Apple products as early as possible to create brand loyalty as they grow up.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.