Everywhere we turned we saw Steve Jobs' thumbprint. From the Challenge Based
Learning techniques developed by the ACOT2 (Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow -
Today) initiative and currently being implemented at O'Neill Public Schools, to
the way Omaha's Westside
High School is using iPads in American Literature class.
Speaking about the results she's seen after incorporating iPads and MacBooks in her class, Westside's American Lit teacher, Kristin Rold, told us, "I'd say one of the biggest results is just the pride I see that students have in their work now. They're pushing themselves harder to come up with the final product that truly reflects what they know and not just what they had time to get done."
We think Mr. Jobs would've liked that. After all, in a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University he said, "...the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
Mr. Jobs' legacy will no doubt be huge and multidimensional. But for many educators around the country Steve Jobs legacy will be his contributions to education. And for that we thank and remember him.