The Rendez-vous RÉCIT: citizens in the making in the digital age

During the Citizen in the Making webinar, the team from the RÉCIT national personal development service proposed a process of reflection around the paradigm shift to be experienced in education compared to digital technology.

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On March 19, the third Virtual Rendezvous of RÉCIT was held. Six free workshops were offered online in order to introduce educational actors to various themes that could be explored within the framework of the Digital education action plan. The recordings of these workshops as well as the resources presented will be available on the RÉCIT website.

Benoît Petit, Marjorie Paradis, Mélissa Bricault and Alexandre Chenette offered the workshop Citizen in the making. By inviting participants to question themselves on the paradigm shift to be experienced in education in relation to digital technology, the team of the RÉCIT national personal development service proposed a process of reflection divided into three themes: Data and private life, Recognition facial and Automation.

Invite reflection to facilitate expression

With the presentation of the evolution of paradigms related to sexuality and drug use among young people as a primer, the facilitators invited the participants to engage in the same kind of process regarding the use of the drug. digital education. The idea is to move from a moralizing philosophy to an integration of ethical reflection making it possible to develop the power of civic action of each student and thus that of the community.

How to promote ethical thinking skills in students?

As a citizen, what is our power of action? In order for students to be able to answer this question, it is important to choose an issue related to the use of digital technology and to become aware of:

  • the challenges and possibilities of artificial intelligence used by technologies;
  • different points of view in this context;
  • of our power of action in relation to this phenomenon.

Then our role is to bring the student to live a similar ethical process by questioning him while promoting exchange and expression.  

Why focus on ethical reflection to address the use of digital technology in the classroom?

Ethical reflection is part of the development of digital citizenship. The objective is to restore the power of collective action and to promoteethical empowerment by working on the cognitive capacities and the socio-emotional aptitudes of future citizens.

In what context to use ethical reflection?

Although the PFEQ's Ethics and Religious Culture curriculum prescribes the development of ethical reflection, all areas of learning can benefit from this competence: languages, mathematics, science and technology, social universe and personal development. Since the intention is to allow young people to reflect on their use of technological tools and the reality of the digital age in order to make informed decisions, engaging in such a process is essential.

Inspiring projects

To illustrate the possibilities in a school context, two projects experienced in schools were presented. The first is a drama project aimed at getting students "to distance themselves from their point of view" and "to equip their parents by offering them resources allowing them to establish a constructive dialogue with their child around addiction. digital ”. The second is a continuum of digital integration at the scale of the Val-des-Ormes primary school sharing the phases experienced or to be lived: situation, intention, approach, support, modeling and integration.

Finally, resources created by RÉCIT, in particular the website Towards a positive identity in the digital age, were briefly presented. Do not hesitate to go and discover them!

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Julie R.-Bordeleauhttp://apprendre.education
Former teacher and mother of a military family of 4 boys, Julie R-Bordeleau is an alternative learning guide and author. She loves discovering new educational and holistic resources and approaches that allow her clients to learn and develop in different ways, depending on their needs. Its website julierbordeleau.com, its newsletter and its services are dedicated to adults who are changing the world in their own way, whether they are parents-educators, parents or professionals.

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