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The world at the end of the pencil

Portneuf - François Couture is assistant principal at Donnacona high school. As a former teacher, he has always been on the lookout for new technologies that can improve teaching. When he heard about the interactive whiteboard, he immediately wanted to know more, and then he adopted it.

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Portneuf - François Couture is assistant principal at Donnacona high school. As a former teacher, he has always been on the lookout for new technologies that can improve teaching. When he heard about the interactive whiteboard, he immediately wanted to know more, and then he adopted it.

“With this new tool, the world is at the end of the teacher's pencil. The world is accessible directly from the classroom. The possibilities are limitless. It's incredible, ”says Couture.

Connected directly to a computer and a projector, the interactive whiteboard is a giant computer screen on which the teacher acts using a stylus that reproduces the actions of a mouse and allows you to write as on a regular classroom board, but with all the functionality of the computer as a bonus, Internet access included.

As of December 2008, Donnacona High School has 11 Activboard boards. All levels are affected, as are all departments. Mr. Couture is already considering the day when all the classes will be able to have their blackboard. He even initiated a group purchase of more than 40 boards, so that other schools in the Portneuf School Board could equip themselves as well, and planned training sessions for Activboard users.

“The board makes the classroom interactive. Yes, it allows the teacher to offer more concrete teaching, but in addition, it definitely stimulates student participation. I know young people who never participated in class. Now they are always ready to go to the board, ”continues Mr. Couture.

He is convinced that no one would want to go back to his school. “I only get positive feedback. The teachers even started exchanging material among themselves in order to improve the material created by each. "

Moreover, he considers that the possibility of recording everything that is written on the board, rather than erasing as it should be done with the traditional green board, is one of the main advantages of the interactive whiteboard. “All information is recorded. The teacher can come back to it at any time and improve on what has already been done, rather than starting from scratch every time, ”he says.

In addition, he is impressed with the features offered for teaching math and science. “It has never been so easy to trace objects, transform them, make them move. It has never been so easy to concretize concepts, to dissect movements, to bring objects to life. "

By Martine Rioux

* Note to readers: Brand, publisher of Infobourg, is a reseller of the Activboard interactive whiteboard.

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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