22 ways to innovate at school

Ms. Nancy Brousseau shares 22 approaches that promote innovation in schools. (For skeptics: the word "technology" only appears once!)

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During the 5e Summit of the iPad and digital in education, Ms. Nancy Brousseau shared 22 approaches that promote innovation in schools. (For skeptics: the word "technology" only appears once!)

Nancy brousseau is Director General of the FÉEP (Federation of Private Educational Institutions). At the last iPad and Digital Education Summit, which was held in Montreal on May 18 and 19, 2017, she gave a conference entitled Innovation in education: Resistance is futile.

It is through three questions that she approached the vast subject of innovation in education:

  • To do what?
  • What to do?
  • How to do?

Here is a little report.


Innovation: what for?

It was through two statistics that she approached the question of Why. From the results of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Quebec (MEES) about the graduation of high school students, she recalled that only 63 % of them complete their studies within five years. planned. Furthermore, a survey by the FEEP conducted with more than 44,000 students indicates that only 45 % of students say they are motivated by their studies. Also, the closer the end of secondary school is, the more the proportion drops.

Ms. Brousseau shared two thought-provoking quotes: "When the speed of market change exceeds that of the organization, the end is near," says Jack Welch. In addition, according to Erica Jong, “Risking nothing is an even greater risk”.


Innovation: what to do?

Ms. Brousseau then proposed 22 ways to put the school in innovation mode.

  1. Personalize: learning, course, curriculum, evaluation ...
  2. Relax the unitary model: 1 teacher, 1 group, 1 class, 1 subject
  3. Rethinking the use of time: schedule, calendar, period ...
  4. Rethinking the use of space: premises, furniture, exterior ...
  5. Relax the notion of presence, school attendance
  6. Rethinking the notion of group
  7. Expand the educational repertoire of innovative and proven methods
  8. View research and apply it
  9. Promote authentic learning
  10. Optimizing the use of technology
  11. Empower and involve students
  12. Redefine the role of the teacher: coach, advisor, guide ...
  13. Define the students' exit profile and update the curriculum accordingly
  14. Promote social and collaborative learning
  15. Review the role, purpose and model of evaluation
  16. Invest your resources on teachers
  17. Involve the community in decisions (students, staff, parents, etc.)
  18. Find its DNA, its vision, and carry it collectively
  19. Open up to the world, network
  20. Develop a culture of professional development
  21. Develop a culture of collaboration, sharing of expertise
  22. Develop a culture of innovation, think differently, be creative


Innovation: how to do it?

Nancy Brousseau believes that you have to start with yourself and mourn your educational past in order to be able to open up to the future. We can even go through these stages: shock, denial, anger, sadness, resignation, acceptance, reconstruction. With the growing capabilities of digital technology and the advent of artificial intelligence, the world is VICA: volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous.

Towards the end of her lecture, Ms. Brousseau shared a disturbing statistic from Charles Fadel, Center for Curriculum Redesign. Are students well prepared for the world that awaits them? Only 34 % from employers and 38 % from young people think so, while 74 % from teachers are convinced ...

To consult Nancy Brousseau's presentation, Click here.



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About the Author

Ninon Louise Lepage
Ninon Louise Lepage
Ninon Louise LePage is a pedagogue and museologist who recently came out of premature retirement to be reborn as an educational designation. She has taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke in science education, in addition to working at the Canadian Heritage Information Network as a museology consultant. She also writes for our French friends at Ludomag. She also invites all interested to contact her so that she can talk about you, your students, your school and your particular experiences in digital and computer education.

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