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iPad: Train teachers in a realistic approach, centered on pedagogical intention

The pedagogical advisers Julie Noël, Julie Beaupré and Sébastien Deschamps present their pedagogical guide for the iPad and their philosophy as trainers for teachers in their environment.

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The pedagogical advisers Julie Noël, Julie Beaupré and Sébastien Deschamps present their pedagogical guide for the iPad and their philosophy as trainers for teachers in their environment.

Julie Noël, Julie Beaupré and Sébastien Deschamps offered a very inspiring workshop at the end of the last iPad Education Summit, by presenting their iPad pedagogical guide and their philosophy as trainers to teachers in their community. Encouraging them to focus their learning activities on real pedagogical intentions rather than on the multiple applications offered on the market, their realistic approach makes it possible to engage teachers in reflection, to develop their skills with this tool and to experience authentic creative activities.

Sébastien Deschamps works as an educational advisor and RÉCIT resource person at the Commission scolaire de Laval. He accompanied teachers during their experimentation with the iPad in 2012-2013, during which they were able to carry out meaningful creative projects with their students, often using only a few tablets for the whole class.

Highlighting the new learning opportunities offered by the iPad and its effect of lever to develop teaching practices, Mr. Deschamps mentioned that learning and using social media motivates students to share their achievements, in addition to opening the class to the world around them. Offering several ideas for activities inspired by his colleagues at RÉCIT, with whom the author has partnered, the educational guide The iPad in the classroom: opening up to a change in practice includes an “iPad rally” aimed at fostering collaboration between peers and encouraging autonomy. In addition, several tips and advice have been added to guide teachers who begin their appropriation of this tool. To note, the iPad rally is an original idea of Corinne Gilbert, educational advisor at Collège St-Jean-Vianney.


“Too often, we only talk about applications. Instead, focus on what you want to do with the iPad in class by targeting WHAT first.

Be aware that an application opens the door to multiple uses. Avoid having your actions guided by tools. Rather, orient them towards your educational intention. The App Store should not take the place of the training program. "

Dominic Gagné, local RÉCIT service at the Val-des-Cerfs school board. "


Extract from the iBook and from the “ A (big!) Step towards a change of practice "


Julie Noël, ICT integration advisor at the Commission scolaire des Affluents, for her part explained how the training of teachers is experienced, the primary purpose of which is to promote the implementation of projects having intentions as their starting point. well-targeted educational programs. The technical appropriation of the tool is experienced in the morning, then we apply in a concrete way the model suggested for the integration of tablets in class in the guide. iPad: A (big!) step towards changing practice. Participants are invited to come together and choose one of the twelve workshops offered in the two guides mentioned above in order to experience it themselves, and to present their production at the end of the day. The whole aim is to leave a large place for the creativity of the learners.


Example of a workshop from the iBook " iPad: A (big!) step towards changing practice"


In closing, Julie Beaupré, primary ICT educational advisor and RÉCIT resource person at the CS des Affluents, mentioned that this training model is very popular with teachers, to whom we avoid giving lists of applications to better understand focus on pedagogy. During these training days, the climate of mutual aid is unparalleled and the strong participation of teachers testifies to the effectiveness of their approach. According to Ms. Beaupré, they are so committed that they refuse to take a break in order to devote themselves fully to their production. Despite the glaring difference observed between the vision of primary and secondary teachers, as well as the varying levels of technical fluency from one person to another, the trainers persevere in bringing them together because, after all, these heterogeneous groups are at stake. image of groups of students in the classroom! A beautiful model, therefore, which is based on the reality of the majority of Quebec classes integrating the iPad and which focuses on learning in action!


Editor's note: The file A (big!) Step towards a change of practice is also available online here on Infobourg!

About the Author

Brigitte Léonard
Brigitte Leonard
Brigitte Léonard teaches elementary cycle 1 at Campus Mont-Tremblant, at the CS des Laurentides. Passionate about the world of technology and recognized as an “Apple Distinguished Teacher” (ADE), she shares her discoveries and work on her blog: http://brigitteprof.brigitteleonard.com

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