The first seven "Steve JobsSchools" officially opened their doors in the Netherlands on Wednesday, kicking off an ambitious experiment in child education where Apple's iPad is the main cog of the learning apparatus, acting as a hub for all daily activities, AppleInsider reports. As AppleInsider reported in July, the so-called "Steve JobsSchools" operate under a completely new philosophy that puts technology — namely Apple technology — at the heart of the classroom. Instead of textbooks, rigid schedules and a highly structured course of study, students are given a portable "virtual school" consisting of a single iPad loaded with specialized apps....

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