Since the start of the school year, all students of 1time secondary school students at Collège François-de-Laval (formerly the Petit Séminaire de Québec) are now equipped with a laptop.
Last week, we told you about the 100 % TIC turn at Marcelle-Mallet high school (to read again, here and here). Here is another who firmly believes in the need to adapt to the reality of her students. Thus, the laptop computer is now the primary learning tool for the pupil, and he will follow it throughout his secondary cycle.
“We believe that the schools that perform are the schools that innovate and stand out. In 2013, we can no longer ignore a technology that has become ubiquitous in our lives. If we want to allow the emergence of the best talents, equip the next generation of leaders and allow our youth to develop their skills and competences, we must align our teaching methods with the technological and social environment in which they find themselves. », Explains in a press release the director of the College, Mr. Marc Dallaire.
The idea of initiating this shift was inspired by the innovative educational tools of teacher Paule Delamarre, from the mathematics department. “Young people today are not that different from the young people we used to be. It is their environment that has changed. We must therefore consider this environment in our pedagogical approach in order to allow our children to realize their full potential. The combination of the laptop and the cloud makes the walls of the classroom disappear, making it the dimensions of the world. This same combination therefore provides access to an ever-growing number of tools promoting the creation of meaningful and authentic educational activities for students, ”she explains.
The College, founded in 1668, is one of the oldest educational institutions in North America. Mr. Dallaire is also very proud to offer this most contemporary pedagogical approach, which will have required significant work during the summer. Totaling nearly 400,000 $, the bill is entirely absorbed by donations or sponsorships from several contributors.
Within four years (cohort by cohort), all College students will be equipped with a laptop.
Source: establishment press release