On November 20, 6 free workshops were offered online by RÉCIT in order to introduce educational actors to various themes that can be explored within the framework of the Digital action plan in education. The recordings of these workshops as well as the resources presented are available on the RÉCIT website.
The PAN, what does it change?
The second workshop I attended was the one on the Digital Action Plan which was presented by Julie chamberland and Guillaume Laforce from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. After being introduced to the history of the PAN, participants were introduced to the guiding principles and the spirit in which the Digital Action Plan was launched and is being implemented. Finally, the facilitators presented the three main orientations of the Action Plan and specified certain aspects which are more aimed at teachers.
The need for the Digital Action Plan
Why a Digital Action Plan? As part of the process of educational consultations that have been carried out in recent years, this plan truly reflects the needs of the network. The raison d'être of the PAN is undeniable:
The team of the Bureau for the implementation of the Digital Action Plan (BMOPAN) therefore invites ALL the actors involved directly or indirectly with the students to team up to "find the answers together throughout the implementation. of the Action Plan. The BMOPAN team is made up of ten speakers with varied professional experiences. These have worked, and still work, in close collaboration with various players in the school network. The plan is supported by 4 values and guiding principles that inspire the spirit of the 33 measures, but above all the people who implement them: collaboration, flexibility, pooling and equity. “Work together, be ready to step out of your comfort zone, pool the fruits of your labor, so that everyone has access to techno tools, and lead towards reaching their full potential.” This is a great challenge to take up!
The spirit of PAN
In order to be able to act according to what is happening in the field AND in the world of new technologies, the Digital Action Plan is intended to evolve over 5 years. The people at the Ministry are unequivocal:
“We do not have all the answers, it is meant to be evolving and in turmoil. The spirit is to make decisions in relation to what [educational actors are experiencing] in their environment and to always keep in mind that thedigital is at the service of learning, of the educational act (and not the reverse) "
In other words, technologies are not an end in themselves, but a medium to promote learning and facilitate teaching.
The Action Plan is not only that of the ministry, but that of the network. It is therefore a question of giving the means to the people on the ground.
“It's a start of something bigger. "- Julie Chamberland
The 3 orientations of the PAN
The measures put in place in the Action Plan are grouped according to three orientations: skills development, teaching and learning practices and an environment conducive to deployment. The participants of the webinar had the chance to learn more about certain aspects developed or which will be launched soon.
Orientation 1: Skills development
It goes without saying that in order to set up something new, to possibly create and innovate, we must talk about the development of the skills of pupils and teachers.
To do this, a reference framework for digital skills established in collaboration with GRIIPTIC is to be published in 2019. Thanks to close collaboration with network players, including all of RÉCIT's educational advisers, it will mainly target to provide a framework in a multidisciplinary context. #collaboration
In order to properly support teachers in their continuing professional training, “pedagogical” leadership is an essential aspect. By relying on a model of support by people on the ground, we promote the principle of contagion in order to rally the troops to the establishment of the PAN. Schools have the choice to organize themselves according to their own needs: it is possible to create a team of experts, to free up teachers to receive training, etc. #flexibility
Orientation 2: Teaching and learning practices
One very interesting resource under construction - with the beta slated for fall 2019 - is the national platform for digital educational resources. The intention is to create a mutual space where available resources are put forward and where education professionals can share what they have created. #mutualization #flexibility
In addition, national licenses paid by the MEES for all educators in the Quebec public network give access to the resources of the Educational Videos Collection, to Télé-Quebec kits, to Curio and to the CAMPUS of the National Film Office. 1TP3 Equity
Finally, access to distance education will be possible for elementary and secondary school: the aim is to meet the needs of specific clienteles (remote regions, sports studies program, etc.) # Fairness #flexibility
Orientation 3: Environment conducive to deployment
In order to put in place the appropriate conditions for the deployment of the NAP, the monetary aspect is certainly part of the equation. This is why some fiscal rules have been adjusted and others have been added.
During the workshop, the facilitators mentioned that the goal was to broaden the reach of digital educational resources to better integrate them and thus better support those with particular challenges: AUC! # Fairness #flexibility
Budget rules have been put in place to ensure that teachers feel competent and confident in integrating ICT into their practice. This by allowing them to benefit from an openness to the extent of continuing education, so that it meets their needs, a bit like we do with students. 1TP3 Equity #flexibility
To learn more about the Digital Action Plan, you can refer to the École branchée article series.