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"School should not be banana bread" #Clair2023

Natacha Vautour, Coordinator of Francophone Projects for Creative Labs, used several analogies during the conference she offered to the participants of the #Clair2023 event. At the heart of her speech was a big question: What if school was more than a banana bread recipe that you keep remaking?

The reunion of #Clair2023

The #Clair2023 event opened with a bang on February 2, 2023. In the gymnasium of the Upper Madawaska Learning Centre, the energy of the 350 participants was palpable. It was a return after a two-year hiatus for this showcase of innovative practices in education, which runs until February 4.

The #Édubrèves - January 31, 2023 edition

Here are your #Edubrèves. In this edition: the next Teacher's Night Out, the issue of online privacy, virtual digital cafés, Co-op Succession Week, meeting the needs of parents, National Parent Engagement Week, Roxham's kids, ways to save the French language, technology donations for schools, and much more!

Augmented reality transforms learning in professional training

In this piece, our contributor Éric Thibault presents how virtual reality can transform professional training. Specifically, he presents how Microsoft's HoloLens™ goggles are being integrated into teaching at the Centre intégré de formation et d'innovation technologique (CIFIT) in Victoriaville.

Accessible materials for all students

The RÉCIT Inclusion and Special Education team helps you answer the question, "Are my materials accessible for all my students?" The goal is to make school personnel aware of the accessibility needs of students. 

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Part 2: What's really going on in Finland (podcast)

In this second episode of the podcast to mark the first anniversary of the Quebec-Finland Educational Expedition, our contributor Marc-André Girard is accompanied by Marie-Andrée Croteau, who also participated in the expedition. They recall the highlights of the two weeks spent in Finnish schools and universities in December 2021.

What's really going on in Finland (podcast)

To underline the first anniversary of the Quebec-Finland Pedagogical Expedition and to allow you to dream a little, in an atmosphere proper to the holiday season that is finally coming, our collaborator Marc-André Girard is using lightness and storytelling by telling us the main points of his two trips to Finland, during which he visited several schools. Here is a little geographical, historical and, of course, pedagogical account.

A look back at the IDEA 2022 Conference

On November 2 and 3, the 4th edition of the conference "S'entreprendre pour mieux vivre ensemble" (Undertaking for a better life together), conceived and prepared by the organization IDEA Entrepreneurial Education, was held. Our collaborator Fati Benchekri took part in this event and offers us a feedback on her experience. 

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Recruitment for a research project on digital uses and student diversity

As part of a research project, Géraldine Heilporn of the Faculty of Education at Université Laval is recruiting high school teachers. The research aims to explore what uses of digital technology support learning and engagement of diverse students in high school courses.

4th edition of the Youth Digital Month: Digital, a world of possibilities for young people!

Press Release - Youth Digital Month (YDM) is back for a 4th edition from February 1 to March 5, 2023. This annual event for people under 35 years of age allows them to discover Quebec's digital literacy initiatives and to learn about the fields of the future.

Education and success for our youth: the government presents its priorities

Press Release - Education Minister Bernard Drainville today announced the priorities he wants to address quickly to improve the education system, increase student success and better value teachers.

Artificial Intelligence in Education: A reflection by Marcel Labelle

Marcel Labelle is one of the founders of the Association québécoise des utilisateurs d'outils technologiques à des fins pédagogiques et sociales (AQUOPS). He has come out of retirement to "bring the comments of an old fool on the issue of artificial intelligence (AI) in education". He says it is worthwhile to look at this new concept. We need to talk about it, we need to explore it further. This is the purpose of his comments, which we present to you.

When video games make you want to write!

For the past two years, Guillaume Prairie and Louis-Philippe Duchesne, 6th grade teachers at École de l'Envol (CSS des Navigateurs), have been integrating Minecraft Education Edition into their teaching of mathematics and the social universe in order to make learning more fun. Here is their testimony.

Online design made easy for everyone

Everyone should be able to design online easily. Whether you are at the very beginning of your school career or at the end. Everyone should be able to use the tools available to us today!

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Look out: the artificial intelligence that's changing education is here, and you need to look at it today

A new artificial intelligence app is likely to have a major, near-term impact in education. Launched at the beginning of December 2022, ChatGPT seems to be very efficient to answer simple questions, but also more complex ones - and it works in French too. It will force all the actors of the education sector to rethink their way of doing things, and quickly! We explain what it is and why you should be interested in it.  

The parent-child contract for healthy technology use

Going back to school becomes an opportunity to return to a certain family routine. In many families, this is also the time to establish rules for children's screen time. The parent-child contract becomes a concrete tool to formalize these rules and allows a dialogue between parents and children around these rules.
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Co-teaching to stimulate the taste for writing in 2nd year: a challenge taken up by two teachers… from two different schools!

Tanya and Janie, from CSS des Sommets, fell in love with education. By working together, each in their own school, they simplified their teaching task, in addition to making their students' writing process even more meaningful and stimulating. Their collaboration enriches their teaching and assessment practice, while increasing their professional motivation and their impact on their students' learning.

Testimonial: Stepping out of the box to evaluate differently

Annie Guay, teacher and educational leader at L'Accueil de Scott school, shares with us the results of an approach that has led to the implementation of new assessment practices in her community.

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Moving Beyond SAMR with the Rigor Relevance Framework

While there are many frameworks to choose from when it comes to the effective integration of technology, the SAMR Model is typically the one that most people and schools leverage. It emphasizes on what NOT to do with tech. Another interesting model to know is the Rigor Relevance Framework, developed by the International Center for Leadership in Education. It puts an emphasis on what the learner is doing. While there isn't a seamless alignment, Eric Sheninger attempted to connect them both.

Proof That Student Self-Assessments Move Learning Forward

I admit it. When I first began teaching, I thought I knew how to effectively engage students in self-assessments. In retrospect, I realize we may have just gone through the motions at times. It took a few shifts in my mindset and actions before my learners and I fully experienced the benefits of self-assessments. Was it worth the time and energy to make the shifts? The answer is a resounding yes!

Social and emotional skills: what are they?

Although social and emotional skills and their role in the lives of humans are recognized worldwide, there is no universally official definition. Emotional intelligence, psychosocial skills, socio-emotional skills, etc. : they take all kinds of names. Over the years, constants have nevertheless emerged and various benchmarks have emerged.

Why Learn to Program?

Since programming is now present in practically all human activities, it is safe to say that it is both a learning subject and a learning tool. Moreover, if we take a look at the various frameworks for digital competency published in school systems around the world in recent years, we quickly notice that programming is part of most, if not all of them.
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Design collaborative assessment tools

We discuss evaluation, collaboration and knowledge mobilization with Emilie Carosin from the Institute of School Administration of the University of Mons (Belgium).
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Paul Sarrasin: the importance of curiosity to develop human relationships

In an interview, Paul Sarrasin talks to us about the importance of curiosity and listening to others to continuously evolve towards a better version of oneself.
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Design learning universally

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a philosophy of teaching that presupposes the inclusion of all students and aims to meet the needs of each, by first thinking about the barriers that courses may present and the ways to mitigate them.
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Share and reinvest your professional development

We met Stéphanie Lemieux, assistant principal at École le Sommet, who talks to us about professional development, reinvestment and sharing of practices within a school team.

The parent-child contract for healthy technology use

Going back to school becomes an opportunity to return to a certain family routine. In many families, this is also the time to establish rules for children's screen time. The parent-child contract becomes a concrete tool to formalize these rules and allows a dialogue between parents and children around these rules.

Scool.ca launches a crowdfunding campaign to improve its platform

News Release - Scool.ca is a free, independent and inclusive online research platform helping parents choose a high school for their children based on their needs and interests. The crowdfunding campaign will, among other things, improve the user experience of the platform and develop a tool to measure the level of happiness in schools.

Co-education: positive benefits for teachers

After unveiling the results of a survey about coeducation conducted in France recently, Editions Nathan brought together parents and teachers in a round table to discuss concrete coeducation actions that they have put in place to strengthen the school-family bond. We present to you a summary of the discussions.

Co-education, crossed views of teachers and parents

Editions Nathan unveiled the results of a major survey conducted in France on coeducation. It emerges that the definition of parent-teacher co-education is not the same on both sides. Nevertheless, a consensus emerges: "We must find ways of doing things together". 

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