From page to screen…. The digital book adventure at school

Quebec - The 28th AQUOPS conference opened this morning with a conference by Clément Laberge, specialist in education and digital publishing, vice-president at De Marque, publisher of […]

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Quebec - The 28th AQUOPS conference opened this morning with a conference by Clément Laberge, specialist in education and digital publishing, vice-president at De Marque, publisher of Infobourg. His talk focused on the place of the electronic book in school.

Mr. Laberge began his conference by recalling his attachment to AQUOPS and the Quebec educational Web, in particular by presenting the poster of Educational Resources of the Infobourg, distributed at the AQUOPS conference in 1995 and by recalling the beginnings of the École branchée Web site.

He continued by bringing out a column published on Infobourg in 1998 which promoted electronic books and eBooks at school, before making a leap in 2010, while the eBook market is developing at breakneck speed ( Kindle, Sony Reader, Nintendo DS, iPad).

Academic content is developed for these devices. Questions then arise: do we want to transpose what exists in paper into the digital universe simply? Will young people be content with a transposed universe? Are young people used to “copy-paste-remix” resources on the web? Will they agree to use pre-prepared resources?

Last year, after high school students received their ministerial exam subject (the electronic paper), some related websites saw an impressive increase in attendance.

“We see that young people live on the Web. They borrow a book from the library and then run to the computer to search the web. My daughter also told me:
A computer without the Internet is useless. So maybe in a few years, a book without the Internet will be useless, ”says Mr. Laberge.

According to him, the book is far from being "dead" with the technology as some had predicted. “On the contrary, the book may never have been so alive. The web will help bring books to life. Authors and readers have never been so close ”.

He gave the example of some web-based discussion forums for young people and adults, like He presented some features of Google Books, which allows, among other things, to trace on a map all the places mentioned in a work.

“It has never been easier to make sense of writing and stimulate reading among young people. Just as blogs have given students audiences in their communities, online social communities can allow them to exist in the web world alongside well-known people ”.

Likewise, several tools are now available online to promote the dissemination of works,,

“To be able to participate in the world of digital books, we will have to demand from publishers documents that we can manipulate, annotate, transform. We must demand from publishers a culture of creativity and not a culture of everything, ”said Mr. Laberge.

Moreover, all the tools of creation are now available on the Web to allow this culture of creativity to emerge, all that remains is to appropriate them. “We have to learn to take advantage of it. Teachers must trust each other, must trust the students, ”he adds.

“Yet, security is often preferred over autonomy, creativity and freedom. Children must learn to take ownership of their living environment, to network. We must stop protecting them from their environment. A revolution is unfolding before our eyes. We have to embrace it in order to be able to participate. It is now enough to mobilize them in a pedagogical way. "

By Martine Rioux

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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