Homework help: already well established in our schools

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The majority of primary schools have been offering homework help for the past seven years through funding from the Ministry of Education. For the 2011-2012 school year, it devotes 19.5 million $ to this measure. The 72 school boards in the province are responsible for the projects, and their allocation is based mainly on the number of elementary school students they welcomed the previous year. Projects submitted by schools must start no later than 1er November of each year.

The objective of this program is simple: to reduce learning delays as much as possible by intervening early in the educational process with students considered at risk of failure. The challenge is that by teaching them effective working methods and developing their autonomy, these children will be more motivated to continue their studies.

In addition to schools, private or non-profit homework assistance organizations are multiplying. Everyone has their own way of interacting with students, whether it is to send teachers directly to the child's home, to organize meetings in their own premises or to practice remote tutoring. . The use of technology varies from one service to another. The people who work there are usually teaching professionals, and sometimes retired teachers.

Interactive terminals

In 2010, the Commission scolaire de Montréal put technology at the service of homework assistance by installing around ten interactive terminals. These counters, located in certain childcare services, offer a direct link with childcare services.Hello teacher, an organization dedicated to homework help for elementary and secondary school children. The organization's teaching staff train expert students in each school who support their classmates in the use of the terminals.

On a regular computer, a student's attention can quickly be distracted by advertisements and other sites, including social media. However, these interactive terminals only allow access to the site of Allô prof. "No advertising, no solicitation: it's a better experience for students," Marc-Antoine Tanguay said at the time to Infobourg. Also, the interactive terminal is like an “explanatory window” which attracts students and increases their motivation to use our services. "

Soon, the libraries of the City of Montreal will also welcome interactive terminals! In addition, Allô prof started a provincial tour last year to present his services. In each of the school boards visited, the homework assistance organization has left a few interactive terminals so that they can rotate through the schools. Thus, students can experience all the services of Allô prof and possibly transpose the experience at home, at homework time.

A question of motivation

Motivation is an essential element in the achievement of homework. And in the opinion of many, the use of new technologies can be very useful in reconnecting students, both at school and at home, to the pleasure of doing their homework.

The Research Chair on ICT in Education carried out between 2003 and 2005 a research in underprivileged areas, clearly demonstrating that the academic motivation of 10-12 year olds could be maintained through the use of technology, particularly among boys.

At the time, the research team pointed out that 39 % of elementary school students were already using the computer almost every day or a few times a week to do their homework. At school, 33 % of computer time was used to research information on the web. The report concludes that children "have a very high sense of competence when using a computer in the classroom." We can assume that the same effect is obtained during homework. Both girls and boys were motivated by computer activities. However, boys' interest in computers has increased over time, while that of girls is said to have declined.

Almost ten years later, teacher Pierre Poulin, like the research team, noticed the students' enthusiasm for the use of new technologies, both in the classroom and at home. For three years, he has been piloting a 6th grade iCl @ sse (completely technological class without textbooks) at Wilfrid-Bastien school in Montreal. Mr. Poulin says that students recognized for their behavioral problems or for being less vigilant in their homework have greatly improved by attending his class.

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