Discovering tailor-made CréaCamps

For the past year, I have traveled the Francophonie to meet different school environments and with a very specific intention in mind: to meet your needs in order to equip you to make better use of the digital resources available in your schools. Take a look at these unique moments: the made-to-measure CréaCamps.

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For the past year, I have traveled the Francophonie to meet different school environments, with a very specific intention in mind: to meet YOUR needs in order to equip YOU to make better use of the digital resources available in YOUR schools.

These privileged moments that I had the pleasure of living with teachers, educational advisers and managers revolve around the philosophy of CréaCamps, these extraordinary continuing education days organized by the École branchée.


Made to measure

In the case that interests us today, we will talk about so-called CUSTOM-MADE CréaCamps, that is to say a professional development offer where it is ONE theme in particular, CHOSEN BY THE WORLDWIDE, which is exploited for half a year. -day or a full day. I then act as a facilitator in a process of reflection, exploration and creation.

The uniqueness of these days therefore involves three postures to adopt, three principles which establish the bases of the philosophy of CréaCamps:

  1. take time;
  2. have the right to make mistakes;
  3. tolerate ambiguity.

When we are able to embody this state of mind, that is when the magic happens and we can unleash all the creativity within us.


The keys to innovate

During these days tailor-made for you, we are witnessing a renewal in the way of living training. As a result, participants who are used to attending professional development days with a rather classic model experience a paradigm shift with me. The tailor-made CréaCamp therefore offers a redefinition of the very foundations of typical training (rather masterful, sometimes punctuated by workshops) by going from its own model, as illustrated below.

It is this course, flexible to each one, that we go through together. The tailor-made CréaCamps allow a differentiated, personalized, relaxed approach. Everyone moves at their own pace, with the tools that suit them, in the way they prefer.

Each teacher already has all the necessary keys in his kit to open the doors to educational innovation. My role as facilitator is therefore to offer you several doors, to show you that it is possible to clear them all, at one time or another. At their destination, the participant in a custom CréaCamp will probably have tried a few keys along the way, sometimes stumbling upon less convenient locks, but they will undoubtedly have found HIS door, the one that will allow them to continue to think, to explore. to create and move forward to clear other locks. The one that will make him see teaching differently, the one that will motivate him to start a new project with his students on Monday morning… or Tuesday. It depends!


Varied themes for various backgrounds

From preschool to FGA, including special education and administrators, there is a tailor-made CréaCamp made for you. Here are some examples of themes that are currently offered:

Pedagogical approaches

Educational robotics

  • Dash & Dot
  • Beebot and Bluebot
  • Sphero
  • Ozobot
  • WeDo 2.0
  • Mindstorm EV3
  • Programming (ex .: Scratch, Scratch Jr., Swift, etc.)

Digital activities

  • The classroom studio: podcast, video and blog

Mobile devices (iPad, Chromebook)

  • Introduction to the basics
  • Workshop oriented by educational intentions of your choice

Some concrete examples ...

As I mentioned at the outset, I have visited various schools over the past year with the aim of bringing to life tailor-made CréaCamps, oriented on distinct realities and meaningful for all the players concerned.

For example, at the Pierre-Neveu School Board, at the beginning of December, we spent a whole day rethinking the way of bringing “The 5 + 3” to life on a daily basis thanks to the possibilities of digital tools. More than 20 elementary school teachers gathered and together we answered these four questions through rich reflections, a lot of exploration and several moments of creation:

  1. How does the “5 + 3 in everyday life” pedagogy promote student autonomy in literacy and numeracy?
  2. How can digital technology support the “5 + 3 on a daily basis” approach?
  3. What posture should we adopt to live the “5 + 3s on a daily basis” redefined by digital?
  4. What are the tools that facilitate the management of “5 + 3s on a daily basis” in the classroom?

Another example, last November, where French secondary school teachers contacted us to experience a tailor-made CréaCamp with the intention of promoting the development of disciplinary skills using digital tools. We therefore embarked on the creation of blogs, podcasts, video clips, quizzes, concept maps, infographics, etc. We also explored feedback tools, in addition to finding several benefits of using QR codes and shortened URLs in classroom management. Each teacher started from his pedagogical intention and was able to complete a project or a learning situation that he planned to pilot in his class. I was able to accompany them in one or other of the stages of their process and provide them with the right toolbox (Padlet document that I create each CréaCamp tailor-made for my participants) so that everyone can move at the pace that suited him.  

In short, the mission that I give myself at each meeting is to equip you to do better what you already do well. It's about using your resources and seeing their full potential together. It is also to create a moment to stop, question oneself, explore, try, question oneself again, move forward, succeed, question oneself ...


We will meet soon?

Do you want to experience a custom CréaCamp in your school? Visit our web page for all information and write to us at info@ecolebranchee.com so that we can discuss your needs together. It would be a pleasure and a privilege to accompany you on your journey and help you set in motion the project that will amaze your students, on a Monday morning… or a Tuesday. It depends!

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About the Author

Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme is an educational advisor and project manager at École branchée. He is also editor-in-chief of the SCOOP! Educational guides. He has a bachelor's degree in preschool education and elementary education from the University of Sherbrooke and is pursuing a graduate degree in school management at Laval University. He transmits his passion for digital education and innovative practices through CréaCamps, conferences and workshops throughout the French-speaking world.

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