Why I will be attending the Digital Education Summit this year

I had decided it was over. We always see the same people there! Those who really need to participate do not go! This year, I hope to see you there.

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I had decided it was over. We always see the same people there! Those who really need to participate do not go! This year, I hope to see you there.

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I told myself it was over! I did not intend to participate in the Digital education summit This year. Why? It's simple: I did the tour! Indeed, I attended the last five editions. I made some great finds and met some very interesting people there, but the problem lies elsewhere. Despite these discoveries and these encounters, I mostly always meet the same people. Obviously, I appreciate the people who make up my tribe, and this, probably as much as they like me in theirs, but at some point, you want to meet new people. We want to see the spark that springs in the eyes of this teacher, this pedagogical advisor or this school administration, who leaves these two days completely pumped up.

However, this fall, I received an email from the organizers, who chose to create a committee to reinvent the Summit and find innovative ways to attract new participants. I found that very noble! After all, year after year, there are still 1,500 education professionals participating in this congress (Editor's note: paired with the International Colloquium on Education). So why seek new avenues? In other words, as we often hear in our schools, “why change a winning recipe”?

The answer is simple: because those who really need to participate are those who do not! And they are difficult to reach, to leave their class or their school ...

The organization of the Summit implemented several incentives financial to encourage new participants to register. In addition, there will be a range of workshops and a panel aimed mainly at school administrators (pass them the message!), Not to mention a multitude of workshops for teachers, regardless of their level of expertise. in connection with new approaches and various educational tools.

I invite you to come and demystify the role that technology can play in your classroom and in your school. As proposed by the theme of the 2018 edition of the Summit, which skilfully paraphrases St-Exupéry: "It is not a question of predicting the future, but of making it possible". In other words, come and make the future possible by opening your horizons to pedagogical perspectives. I know it. You know: technologies in education are not a passing fad and if this reality has not caught up with you yet, it is only a matter of time before it forces you to consider it in your approaches. Take the bull by the horns and come prepare with us.

Basically, I will participate in the Summit, because I am confident to expand my tribe and join yours!

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About the Author

Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard holds a bachelor's degree in social studies education (1999), a master's degree in history education (2003), a master's degree in education management (2013) and a doctorate in education (2022). He specializes in school-based change management and educational leadership. He is also interested in the 21st century competencies to be developed in education. He is a principal in a public high school and gives conferences on educational leadership, pedagogical approaches, change in schools and the professionalization of teaching. He has participated in educational expeditions in France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Morocco. In September 2014, he published the book "Le changement en milieu scolaire québécois" with Éditions Reynald Goulet and, in 2019, he published a trilogy on the 21st century school with the same publisher. He is a frequent contributor to L'École branchée on educational issues. He is very involved in everything that surrounds the professional development of teachers and principals as well as the integration of ICT in education. In March 2016, he received a CHAPO award from AQUOPS for his overall involvement. He is a recipient of the Régent-Fortin 2022 scholarship awarded by ADERAE for the significant contribution of his doctoral studies to the development of practice and knowledge in educational administration.

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