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School and learning: networks and links

On March 22 and 23, the REFER will bring together in Montreal people who are passionate about the Francophone school environment for discussions and conferences around the theme “School and learning: networks and links”.

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On March 22 and 23, the REFER will bring together in Montreal at the Louis-Joseph Papineau School (CSDM) people who are passionate about schools from all over the Francophonie for two days of discussions and conferences around the theme "School and learning: networks and links ”.

By Nathalie Couzon, Director General of REFER

Come and attend in person by registering to this 5th edition which invites you to learn together and to create networks and links at school. As was the case in previous years, some activities will also be webcast.

Cooperate to learn

Today, we see that learning and training throughout life is essential.

But how to organize to do it?

For that, we need spaces and times that are crossroads for interesting and fruitful encounters in order to reflect with each other and to share. During this 5th edition of the REFER, everyone will be invited to hoist themselves on the shoulders of the giants of which Ollivier Dyens spoke in opening of REFER 2015 to promote cooperation and the expression of collective intelligence within the French-speaking educational network.

Here are some of the many questions that will be addressed:

  • What does cooperation as a device mean with students, in classes, in a school and even at the level of organizations?
  • What is a learning organization?
  • To what extent does digital technology promote cooperation and the co-construction of knowledge?

Networks and links

To exploit the notion of network, the REFER associates its programming to the one of Digital perspectives organized by the Atelier Canopé de Chartres and that of Digital carnival organized by thean @ ae. Thus, from March 21 to 23, 2018, joint activities will be offered between the centers of Montreal, Geneva and Chartres in webcast:

  • March 21 at 10:15 a.m. (Paris time), broadcast of the conference Joël de Rosnay entitled “New educational concepts in a digitally enhanced world” from the Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris;

  • on March 22, activity and opening conference in dialogue with Pierre Lévy and André Tricot on the theme of cooperation and collective intelligence in a learning context (Montreal-Geneva);

  • March 23, international round table between various francophone actors on the question "What is a learning organization?" »(Montreal-Chartres).

Another way to be part of the network is to become a " focus of activities As the cities of Zurich (Switzerland), Beirut (Lebanon) and Fez (Morocco) are already doing, as well as several establishments of the French Lay Mission in the United States. The activity centers welcome participants on site to follow web-broadcast conferences and participate in exchanges on social networks via the hashtag #ReferEdu.

Whether you are 10 or 100, bring people together to create new homes!

To do this, all you have to do is find a place to welcome the participants, manage registrations and plan the connection to participate in common activities. Those who wish can also organize specific workshops in their homes according to their needs.

Make way for learners

One of the main foundations of REFER is undoubtedly the involvement of students in the organization of the conference. The place of young people is central: accompanied by their teachers, some will come to present the fruit of their work carried out within the framework of educational projects and competitions. Others will create a work on site combining technology and musical expression with an artist in residence. A team of student reporters will follow the conference and report on the highlights of the program on social networks, both in Montreal and in other homes.

Finally, the organization of the conference will be entrusted to a team of young people from secondary school. Finally, it should be noted that the educational activities offered by REFER since the start of the 2017 school year have enabled more than 7,000 students in some fifteen French-speaking countries to collaborate, to create in French and to surpass themselves. Do not miss these beautiful moments which highlight the talent of all these young people!

The registrations at the foyer de Montréal will end on March 18. While waiting to meet you at this great celebration of links, visit the site www.refer-edu.org for details about the organization.

Editor's Note: The École branchée is proud to be a partner again this year! We hope to see you there!

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