We met Andréanne Pelletier, grade 5 teacher at the Millennium Pavilion (CS Des-Rives-du-Saguenay), who talks about the development of student autonomy with the use of a digital device in the classroom.
Text by Alexane St-Amant Ringuette
After a first year of using 1: 1 iPads in class, the Millennium School team found that the majority of students easily complied with this new tool, while for some, achieving autonomy was more hard. Collective reflection made it possible to imagine a system of levels of autonomy which is now being deployed in all classes.
A system in motion
With this system, all students start at level 0, where they only receive their tablet during working hours and must be supervised at all times. They can go to the next level when they acquire certain positive behaviors, just as they can go back to a lower level when they deviate from certain rules of life or foundations of digital citizenship. The same conditions apply to all teachers, teachers and specialists, regardless of the age of the students.
From autonomy, to the house
When students demonstrate that they know the difference between personal use and an educational situation, they have the right to bring their tablets home. Parents are thus able to follow up on how their children behave with digital technology. Andréanne underlines that the system of levels of autonomy helps to establish a coherent discourse between school and home while developing the skills of digital citizenship.
We invite you to listen to this interview in order to discover Andréanne's advice for offering positive support to students around the use of digital devices in the classroom.
Produced with the support of Carrefour Éducation