The year 2010-2011 marks the 4e edition of the Click for Me contest, a virtual elections activity that opens in January. The competition is open to 2e cycle from primary to the end of secondary. It is the result of a collaboration between the national service of the RÉCIT of the social universe and the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (DGEQ). It allows students to experience a situation of full election: standing as a candidate, experiencing debates, exchanges, and finally, going to vote.
As part of the 2010 AQEP congress, Marianne Giguère, from the RÉCIT national service of the social universe, presented the competition www.cliquerpourmoi.qc.ca during a workshop attended by Infobourg. .
This competition is directly linked to the training program and can be carried out as part of a learning situation. Moreover, the development of ICT skills and the area of Living together and citizenship are inherent in the whole situation.
Year in and year out, around 700 students participate each year by presenting themselves as a candidate. Students can also register as a voter only. This year the competition will start on January 3 and will last approximately 3 months.
The website includes a comprehensive educational guide and a technical guide that explains how it works and how to register. There are also step-by-step video capsules as well as a guide for the student. Examples of proposals received in the past, including proposals from the winners, are also available.
The finalists among the participants are selected by a jury made up of teachers, members of RÉCIT from the social universe and delegates of the Chief Electoral Officer. These finalists are those for whom students will be able to vote at the end of the contest period.
The project is part of the Web 2.0 movement (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs, etc.), since it allows the active use of the Internet as a participant in the creation of information. This allows the development of important skills such as ethics in online communication, correct citation of sources and all those "extras" relating to Web 2.0.
At the end of the process, when the winning proposal has been selected, a team made up of members of the RÉCIT national service of the social universe and the DGEQ goes to the winner's school for the award ceremony: an iPad for the student and another for his teacher!
So, will you and your class click this year?