We discuss educational innovations, learning and technologies with André Tricot, professor of psychology at the ESPE in Toulouse and opening speaker at the last Digital Summit in education.
Text by Alexane St-Amant Ringuette
André Tricot completed his thesis in cognitive psychology on hypermedia in the service of learning and today, he devotes his career to teacher training.
In this interview, he simply defines educational innovation as a new way of teaching or having students learn. In education, we sometimes consider that an idea is new when it has existed for several decades. André Tricot emphasizes that innovation lies more in the practices of teachers than in general ideas.
"When we are interested in pedagogical innovation, we should be much more interested in what teachers do very concretely in their classes" - André Tricot
Technologies for learning
It is when we are interested in specific tasks that we can see the added value of technology. According to André Tricot, we must first design the learning objective, the stages of progression and the activities to be carried out before asking whether there is a digital tool that can support and improve the task. It is the educational intention that prevails.
In order to develop a digital culture, André Tricot encourages teachers to engage in their professional development and to carry out a monitoring activity that allows them to better understand the tools and resources available (Editor's note: why not thanks to a subscription to the magazine École branchée?).
We invite you to listen to the interview in order to hear André Tricot about the skills that are developed by digital technology and those that must be acquired in order to be able to make judicious use of them.