From March 26 to 28, 2013, the AQUOPS annual conference was held in Quebec. Infobourg was there and shares some highlights. Today, back to the conference The school of tomorrow: the shift necessary to meet the real needs of a student of the 21st century.
The very popular conference by Nancy Brousseau, coordinator of educational services for the Federation of Private Education Institutions of Quebec (FÉEP), entitled The school of tomorrow: the shift necessary to meet the real needs of a student of the 21st century, gathered a hundred people (estimate) on Wednesday afternoon. Ms. Brousseau presented a summary of the results of a study by the FÉEP which showed in 2010 that compared to 2001, 44.6 % of students say they are motivated by their studies (they were 77.1 % in 2001). The declines are also striking in terms of the efforts made in studies, the working method and confidence in the success of their studies. In short, we must try to explain this in order to try to remedy it. A lead that we read on the presentation medium: “These young people have not known a world without the Internet, asking them to ignore it makes no sense for them. Yet that's what the school does.
Until not so long ago, school was the place to find knowledge. Nowadays, all you have to do is type a question on Google to find the answer. With mobile devices, the amount and accessibility of knowledge is greater than ever. Ms. Brousseau also recalls, as others have also done, that teachers must take students to think beyond: "we must stop asking questions whose answer is on Google." Leave room for error, get out of school walls, stop organizing everything around evaluation… these are just a few of the messages conveyed.
Ms. Brousseau summarizes the strong trends in the use of ICTs. Some examples: flipped classroom, blended learning (blended learning), tablets, the BYOD model (bring your own device, or AVAN, bring your digital device), learning through play (gamification)… Does this mean nothing to you? You should take the time to inform yourself because everything is happening. The host also reports on practices elsewhere in the world. For example, in the United States, there are fully virtual schools that reached no less than 250,000 students in 2010-2011, 25 % more than the previous year. To this end, she cites a meta-analysis of over 1,000 studies of online learning conducted by the USA Department of Education which found that students perform best in a blended formula, i.e. with a classroom learning portion and an online portion. The key? They learn at their own pace.
Ms. Brousseau warns all establishments that are preparing to invest in technology: "the 1 to 1 model is essential, and particularly with mobile devices". In short, she advises against the massive purchase of fixed computers, which are already outdated.
Importantly in closing, the conference does not aim to convince that technologies are the solution to all problems. However, as they are part of the life of young people, they constitute an opportunity to change the model in place and benefit from their particularly interesting educational possibilities (direct access to knowledge, increase in teacher-student time, collaboration and socio-construction, personalization, discovery and openness to the world). “By putting learning at the heart of our actions, it's a safe bet that technology will impose itself in support. "
Ms. Brousseau has given this lecture more than once. "It elicits a lot of reactions every time," she says. Moreover, even if she "preached" in front of a crowd that one might think had converted (the AQUOPS conference bringing together people a priori in favor of a greater integration of technologies in school), many are those who do so. came out knocked down. She observes: “Everyone seems to retain a sentence, a portion, which leads them to think and move forward. "
Personally, I was challenged by this one: “Many teachers are students who have not left school; they liked it, they are now reproducing the model of what they have known ”.
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Update: Here is the full conference!