The current crisis on the Iberian Peninsula does not prevent certain regions from being innovative and proposing ideas that would be very much in evidence in France. This is an initiative of the Castilla-La Mancha region, which is setting up a pilot project to provide one thousand pupils in 27 collèges with free access to their textbooks.
Four subjects are concerned at the moment: mathematics, Spanish, biology and modern languages. To set up this system, the region has joined forces with el Corte Inglés, the country's largest department store chain, which, as its name does not imply, is not limited to selling British clothing. No, the managers have assured us that there is no question of charging for the service.
The system should be in place by the end of the year. Marcial Marin, the education officer for the region welcomed the new project: "It is an open, innovative, pioneering and unique system. "It is a system that marks a "qualitative leap" in education and paves the way towards "the education of the future".
You can understand his enthusiasm. Indeed, innovation does not stop there. According to the monarchist daily ABC, students could even do their homework directly on their tablet and other computers. If everything works well, the system could be extended to other schools in the region.
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The central government will surely follow developments closely as well. The Minister of Education recently announced that one of the objectives of educational reform would be to better integrate the use of new technologies.
In France, where every year we talk about the weight of school bags, we could take inspiration from this very good idea, which could also teach teenagers to use their laptops more intelligently. (Source : ActuaLitty - 26 Oct 2012)