It's the end for Carrefour education

The Carrefour education website will be inactive as of July 30. The Quebec Ministry of Education (MEQ) recently announced that its content will be transferred to the new open school platform. For Quebec schools, this is the end of an era.

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The Carrefour education website will be inactive as of July 30. The Quebec Ministry of Education (MEQ) recently announced that its content will be transferred to the new open school platform. For Quebec schools, this is the end of an era.

The history of Carrefour education started in 1998, when the MEQ gave Télé-Québec the mandate to develop a "crossroads of French-language educational resources available on the Internet". The objective was then to "promote the pedagogical integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) in preschool education and in primary and secondary education".

The first version of the Carrefour education site was put online in the fall of 1999. Then, a first major overhaul took place in 2002.

In 2006, responsibility for Carrefour education was transferred from Télé-Québec to GRICS by the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. The mandate was then "to continue the development and deployment of Carrefour education and to update its mission and objectives". Following another major overhaul, the third version of Carrefour education was put online in the spring of 2009.

Over time, Carrefour education had become the benchmark for commented websites to help teachers locate free, relevant and validated resources to facilitate and enrich the development of students' skills. Thematic files and news articles (several of which in partnership with École branchée) were also published regularly.

“In addition to its little orange owl, I would like people to remember this special relationship between Carrefour education and the world of education in Quebec. The team has changed over time, but has always been driven by the same passion to enrich and facilitate the work of education stakeholders, for the benefit of young people ”, wrote Phylippe laurendeau, current editor of Carrefour education, in a recent newsletter. 

For her part, Julie Couture, technopedagogue and editor at Carrefour education, wrote : “This past year will have demonstrated the importance of supporting them on a daily basis in order to offer resources adapted to the reality experienced by those working in the school network. The rest of the journey will be aboard a new plane, the Open School. As the education environment is constantly evolving and digital educational resources on the increase, the grouping will facilitate access to teachers ”. 

Indeed, according to the ad done on 1er June 2021, the content of Carrefour education will be transferred to open school. No timeline has yet been announced. Put online to provide a showcase for digital educational resources during the pandemic, the Open School was primarily intended for parents. A Teacher space has since been added and the desire of the Ministry of Education now seems to make this portal the new national platform for educational resources.

The link with École branchée

The stories of École branchée and Carrefour education are closely linked. In fact, from the start in 1999, several articles from the École branchée news feed, which was then called Infobourg, were published on the site.

Source: Internet Archive Wayback Machine 

“I grew up professionally alongside the Carrefour education team,” says École branchée general manager Audrey Miller. “In 1999, the home page of Carrefour education was already broadcasting Infobourg news! Throughout the 2000s, I learned a lot thanks to André Cotte, a veteran of digital education, with whom I co-edited the news and files published jointly by Infobourg and Carrefour Éducation. " 

Over time, the relationship between the two organizations continued. “I have fond memories of several people who worked at Carrefour and with whom I worked more closely, such as Julie Beaupré, Joanne Tremblay, Mélanie Luneau, the pair Johanne Duguay and Anne-Marie Legault, then Phylippe Laurendeau. It must be said that when I took the mandate to relaunch École branchée in 2012, Carrefour education was its main partner… and its only source of income! The relationship between our two organizations is part of who we are today. It is a great upheaval to see this page of history turn, ”says École branchée general manager Audrey Miller, who says she is ready to collaborate with the team that will take over.


Following the announcement of the closure of the Carrefour education site, several testimonies were published on social networks.

“… I don't have the impression of having been there for Carrefour, but rather of having been supported by Carrefour education throughout my teaching career in elementary, preschool, then college. […] I have become not only a better teacher, but also a more creative person ”. 
Anik Routhier, content creation collaborator from 2000 to 2021 

“Over the years, inspiring people […] have led Carrefour education to become a major source of information and support for teaching and learning. "
Colette Angers, associate from 2004 to 2021

“Dear Carrefour education, […] I am sad that you are leaving. But I will keep the memory that you were for me a motivating work environment, a place of learning, and above all a support tool in my daily practice. "
Jérémy Van Ranst, edimester from 2015 to 2020

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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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