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Kits to develop digital literacy

We met Patrick Giroux, professor of educational technology at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. He talks to us about the development of knowledge and skills of young people in relation to the adequate and judicious use of digital technology.

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We met Patrick Giroux, professor of educational technology at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. He talks to us about the development of knowledge and skills of young people in relation to the adequate and judicious use of digital technology.

Text by Alexane St-Amant Ringuette

With his colleagues and students, Patrick is working on the development of kits to develop the digital skills of young people aged 6 to 15. These kits are both fun and educational; they are therefore intended as much for the classroom as for periods of extracurricular activities.

Like the hammer that can be used to smash a window as well as build a house, Patrick points out that there are good and bad ways to use digital tools. The skills he is interested in with the development of the kits are those that change the understanding of the digital environment of young people so that they learn to manipulate machines to create, express themselves and share content.

In this interview, Patrick explains that to feed children's curiosity, it is important to keep them in their zone of proximal development, by making them experience activities that are just difficult enough for them to succeed with a little investment of effort.

We invite you to listen to this interview conducted during the 6th Digital Education Summit in order to learn more about digital skills promoting a better understanding and use of technologies.

The EDU question: 

The word that allows Patrick to have a positive impact on others is COLLABORATION. Listen to the interview to find out what the word means to him.
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Produced with the support of Carrefour Éducation
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About the Author

Stéphanie Dionne
Stephanie Dionnehttp://ecolebranchee.com/famille
Stéphanie Dionne is director of development and partnerships, facilitator and speaker. It contributes to the influence of players in the education sector and its ecosystem. In addition, it supports parents, teachers and workers in a mentality of co-education in order to allow young people to become fulfilled citizens in the digital age.