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Title of Product
You've got to find what you love
Name of Author(s)
Steve Jobs
Date of Production
June 12, 2005
Language of the review
Language of the product
Type of product
Online Publication
Thematic Area
Identification of students’ at risk
Target Group
Headmasters, Teachers
Description of Contents
In the speech of Steve Jobs delivered at the graduation in one of the most important American colleges, Jobs focuses on the reasons why he abandoned his time in college.
Among the reasons, one regards the economic situation of his adoptive family that belonged to the working class and for which the cost of college was very high, also did not find a correlation between the money spent on college and his personal enrichment, as that the offer of the school did not give an answer to his training needs. But the most important thing was that he wanted to follow only the courses that really stimulated his interest. For this reason, followed in a non-official courses that most interest him, including that of calligraphy, as attracted by the posters and labels that were processed within the college and displayed in classrooms and other public places. This course enabled him subsequently to develop a graphical interface for engaging and innovative at the same time functional and easily accessible. In fact, with the use of interactive windows, even the person who had no knowledge of computers, had the ability to use a computer for both professional and entertainment venues.
Despite the passage in question is not an essay, but the speech given by the maximum exponent of abandonment but has still been able to take advantage of what is offered by the school, making it subject to its exclusive interest, however, has offered an opportunity to reflect on the type of teaching that we could provide our students, just to avoid the dispersion.
The choice of the speech of Steve Jobs was dictated by the need to emphasize the importance of a training school able to arouse the interest of young people and respond to their inclinations. For this reason the school, while still allowing for the formation of a consistent basis, you should be able to customize the offering to individual learners by responding to their specific needs and interests, trying to respond within the individual arguments of various materials to the expectations of students.
The experience of Steve Jobs shows that a boy disinterested in front of the majority of subjects offered by the school, could be encouraged to continue his schooling when the same subjects were presented so as to suit his personal inclinations.
Potentially what Steve Jobs proposes, it could be applied to our teaching experience, even if the school is still too tied to content rather than skills, so the same issues as outlined in article can be considered both strengths and weaknesses.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.