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Learning with digital

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.

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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.

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About the Author

Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard holds a bachelor's degree in humanities education (1999), a master's degree in history teaching (2003) and a master's degree in educational management (2013). He is currently a doctoral student in school administration. He specializes in change management in schools as well as in educational leadership. He is also interested in 21st century skills to be developed in education. He holds a managerial position in a public primary school and gives lectures on educational leadership, pedagogical approaches, change in the school environment as well as on the professionalization of teaching. He took part in educational expeditions to France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Morocco. In September 2014, he published the book “Le change en milieu scolaire québécois” with Éditions Reynald Goulet and, in 2019, he published a trilogy on the school of the 21st century with the same publisher. He frequently collaborates with L'École branchée on educational issues. He is very involved in everything that surrounds the professional development of teachers and school administrators as well as the integration of ICT in education. In March 2016, he received a CHAPO award from AQUOPS for his overall involvement.