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Human discussions and best practices at the heart of ADF Week

Distance Education Week, held at the end of February, was an opportunity to be inspired and to discover that the challenges of distance education (DE) are quite similar at all levels of education (primary, secondary, college and university). Our lightning report!

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Distance Education Week, held at the end of February, was an opportunity to be inspired and to discover that the challenges of distance education (DE) are quite similar at all levels of education (primary, secondary, college and university). Our lightning report!

The programming put forward by FADIO was so rich, with four appointments per day, that it was almost impossible to follow everything, unless you had taken a week off! Fortunately, the recordings are all available in rerun

ADF Week opened on February 21, 2022 with an inspirational talk by Marius Bourgeoys of theÉDU squad. As usual, he generated a great deal of response by inviting participants to see the possibilities in today's environment and to "include learning in education". 

"It's important to fall in love with your 'why' because the 'how' is always going to change." - Marius Bourgeoys

"Students don't need a perfect teacher, they need a happy teacher who will make them want to come to school and learn." - MaRius Bourgeoys

A sketchnote from @lauriecouture92

The first day continued with a very authentic discussion on principal leadership in crisis. The panelists stated that the past two years have confirmed that "uncertainty of uncertainty" and ambiguity will become commonplace in education. The human aspect becomes all the more important. 

"After crisis management, we're going to have to manage complexity and uncertainty. We need to teach young people how to manage that uncertainty." - Jean Bernatchez

The panelists even questioned the very (too?) structured organization of time in schools. The imposed routine may be reassuring, but shouldn't it be relaxed from time to time, they wondered. They gave the example of recess, which might not always have to be at the same time.

A sketchnote from @lauriecouture92

The week continued with just as many exchanges and relevant conferences. Sylvain Desautels of Chenelière Éducation's talk on the professional judgment of teachers generated many live comments on Twitter.

A sketchnote from @lauriecouture92

We have already offered more complete reports of the conferences:

Our colleague Laurie Couture, an educational consultant at École branchée, also did a piece on Shawn Young's lecture, Social Emotional Learning through Academic Motivation.

A sketchnote from @lauriecouture92

A diagnostic tool for quality supervision in ADT was presented by René Bélanger, Marie-Ève Gonthier and Julie Bélanger.

The week ended with a Pecha Kucha on good practices in pedagogical mentoring that brought together six pedagogical advisors, from primary school to university, who had to present their practice in 20 slides every 20 seconds.

As an introduction, Nancy Granger from the University of Sherbrooke outlined a study conducted in 2020 that revealed the importance of collaboration and digital technology in educational mentoring practices. École branchée had already presented a report on this study. Also discussed was the Competency Framework for Educational Advising, which also includes presented on our website

Laurie Couture was one of the participants of the Pecha Kucha. She spoke about her desire to have an impact and the importance of developing trusting relationships with people in order to achieve coaching goals. In fact, she spoke of coaching as a process in which the coach (in this case, the educational consultant) adopts the posture of the person being coached in order to meet their needs and eventually "create value.

All records are available in rerun

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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