The virtual journal Journalis-TIC has been online since 2007. In three years, hundreds of special education students from across Quebec have taken part. A production written in the form of pictograms or comics, why not?
The multimedia diary in special education allows students with communication difficulties to tame information and communication technologies (ICT) while making productions written in their own way: with words, drawings or symbols. . Three hundred and fifty students have participated in the project for 3 years. From the first edition, the high number of participants delighted Colette Paquin, RÉCIT resource person in special education and instigator of the project.
According to Ms. Paquin, Journalis-TIC is "especially useful for students who cannot submit their productions on another website because of their writing or communication method."
She believes that Journalis-TIC allows children to “experience a real communication situation and to value their successes. Students also like their readers to leave comments on their work. “The comments allow the sharing of common interests, the recognition of the work accomplished and the effort provided,” explains Ms. Paquin.
In 2010-2011, the journal will appear three times, in December, March and June. The subjects are always free, in order to give free rein to the creativity of the children and the teachers. However, the site offers different means of production: comics or caricatures as well as audio, video or photo production.
New this year, Skype meetings will be organized. Participants will therefore be able to chat online with resource persons interested in providing visual support according to the participants' needs.
The newspaper's website is also full of a well-stocked toolbox for students and their teachers. These resources were developed by Colette Paquin in collaboration with other RÉCIT resource people. For comics, for example, teachers can consult a web page that contains the main stages of production as well as a description of the fundamentals of comics. In order to access certain resources, teachers must have a username and password.
Previous editions of the journal are also available on the site. The pupils therefore have access to concrete examples of what they can do.
Classes @ classes register
Since October 14, 2010, the Journalis-TIC project has been registered in the Classes @ classes Register. Teachers interested in the project can find all the essential information there.
This register brings together nearly 200 telecollaboration projects of all kinds, developed by teachers in Quebec and elsewhere. It enables these teachers to be put in contact so that they can draw up the main lines of a common project. Those who want to participate in this way have access to all the information about various projects. The registry also allows teachers to find another class or teacher to collaborate with to start a project.
The register was developed in 1998 by the Commission scolaire de Laval, with the support of Carrefour education and the Ministère de l'Éducation, des Loisirs et du Sport.
To know more :
The Journalis-TIC project websiteThe Classes @ classes Register of Prof-Inet
The Journalis-TIC page on the Classe @ Classes register
The RÉCIT special education website