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Last September, Marie-France Fortin transformed teaching and learning in her first year secondary class. As part of a pilot project, the Lucille-Teasdale school in Blainville lent each of its students an iPad to help them in their academic motivation. She spoke about her experience at the recent AQUOPS conference.
Don't be afraid of imbalance
"It is not me who comes to look for when there is a computer glitch, confides at the outset the teacher in special education. I don't know everything. It will be a give and take ”. It is in this state of mind that Marie-France Fortin learned to teach in another way. Since she is the only one to undertake such a project in her school, she says she had to show courage.
However, the projected image is strong and it is with envy that we watch his reinforcement students use their tablet on a daily basis. “The students all wanted to be in my class,” she laughs. We knew their motivation was fragile and we wanted to maintain it. ” Could they get involved and get involved? It seems that the experimentation is positive.
Goodbye "great ideas of grandeur"
How to integrate the tablet into the planning? What are the activities to focus on? Which applications to choose? These were his questions during the preparation of his project. "We're going slowly," she reassures yourself. And we don't make paper and pencil disappear. "
The first secondary teacher first changed the organization of her class. If its students were long placed in rows of onions, the islands of four offices have appeared this year. An employment contract was also signed with the parents to prevent breakage. Also, instead of paying the traditional fees related to photocopies and the school diary, an iTunes card as well as a list of applications were requested.
“For activities, I am not reinventing the wheel,” she explains. I wonder how I can think of them to use the iPad ”. Madame Fortin puts her students to work by offering them the opportunity to become specialists in an application. They study it for a few days and then explain it in detail to others.
Class rules were also established with the students. They were invited to think about what might bother others. Thus, they determined that the iPad can be removed for five days if one of theirs loitered on Facebook or behaves in a manner deemed inappropriate. “During this time, this student works with paper and pencil and is deprived of his tablet on the weekends,” she explains. According to his students, “he will get the message! "
Creating a network of contacts is a winning strategy. Whether or not we know the popular microblogging platform, we stick to Twitter. “I came into contact with lots of other people who were going through the same thing,” she explains. Getting inspired and seeing the accomplishments of other schools are just some of the other ways to stay the course. “I was not a pro, but now I eat it! "
It seems his students are doing the same. “When they log on to Facetime to do their homework together, it's bliss! "
Tomorrow theInfobourg will publish a text on some winning projects from Ms. Fortin's class.
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