‘IPad approach’ turns kids into researchers

Fresh winds are blowing through the stuffy halls of academia.  Recently, I got to see these changes with my own eyes when I visited a small private school in Guadalajara called Instituto México Inglés (IMI)

pg9a“We don’t use textbooks,” I was told by IMI Director Luis Medina. “Every one of our students has an iPad. And we don’t have exams anymore because the Apple system we use shows us each student’s production and progress literally moment by moment. As for ‘teachers,’ we don’t use that word anymore. The members of my staff are coaches, who do their best to help our students carry out their own research. And we don’t have an old-style curriculum either. Instead, we present our students with a monthly challenge and they investigate it. This month’s challenge is ‘How to Resolve a Crisis.’”



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