The Rendez-vous du RÉCIT: creative labs

As part of a RÉCIT webinar on creative laboratories, various stakeholders in the education sector introduced their laboratory in addition to demonstrating the concrete application of technological tools. 

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As part of a RÉCIT webinar on creative laboratories, various stakeholders from the education sector introduced their laboratory in addition to demonstrating the concrete application of technological tools. 

On March 19, 2019, the third Virtual Rendezvous of RÉCIT was held. Six workshops were offered online in order to introduce educational actors to various themes that could be explored within the framework of the Digital education action plan. The recordings of these workshops as well as the resources presented will be available on the RÉCIT website.

Within the framework of Creative Labs Webinar, various stakeholders from the education sector introduced their laboratory in addition to demonstrating the concrete application of technological tools.

Scattered across Quebec, Récit educational advisers (regional and national) first presented the deployment of flexible laboratory spaces (ELF). Inspired by the visit to MLab, a flexible class and Fabbulle, they say that a Fab Lab and a Flexible space were created, respectively in the adult education centers of Matane and Baie-Comeau. Offering individualized teaching, these scalable and mobile laboratories allow learning by trial and error, exchange with peers and teachers in addition to fostering interdisciplinarity.

The contribution of the resources of the Récit was underlined in order to support the interveners of the Centers in the analysis of their needs, in the planning of the projects as well as for the networking.

A community of practice

Two members of the Montreal School Board presented their community of practice, which aims to encourage teachers to use and even create creative laboratories.

Through the community, teachers discuss tools or procedures. They present their projects in video format, share documents for follow-ups and more. Members are also freed four days a month in addition to receiving a budget for the purchase of material that they can use and promote. The initiative seems to be bearing fruit, as 16 people have expressed their interest and 14 of them are still members of the community.

Concrete projects for all areas of learning

During the Webinar, two educational advisers also presented concrete projects from their institution's creative laboratory. One of them was made using technology Makey makey and the programming application Scrattch. Connected to a model of a butterfly made of paper and cardboard, Makey Makey's technology is also linked to a computer or a mobile device. Orders are made and allow to perceive certain transformations of the insect's life cycle through Scratch. Perfectly adapted to the Quebec school training program for science and technology and art courses, such exercises are being designed for the social world and French.

Two interactive sewing projects were finally presented. Applied to the field of arts, the first is to create a puppet using the application Lilypad. The second project, more focused on languages, made it possible to create an interactive doggie, initially with Lilypad Arduino, then with the card computer Micro: bit. Outlining the challenges associated with the use of these tools, the workers emphasized the ease of using Micro: bit for younger students. On the other hand, the learning curve seems greater using Lilypad.

MATIS and Pensée design approaches

Intended to integrate digital technology in the classroom and to open up to other educational approaches, the creative laboratories make it possible to explore new tools and even to continuously train teachers who are directly involved in learning.

In this stride, theMatis approach and that of Design Thinking seem very relevant, since they contribute to the decompartmentalization of disciplines by integrating elements of several school subjects when carrying out projects. Students, like teachers, explore by trial and error according to their needs and are supported by the necessary resources.

Want more information about Creative Labs, visit the website Creative lab. The Campus du Récit also offers several tools related to creative laboratories, robotics, virtual reality and more.

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About the Author

Felipe Antaya
Pursuing studies in educational technology, Felipe Antaya has worked for several years in the field of education at the secondary and college level. Holder of a master's degree in Quebec studies and a bachelor's degree in philosophy, he has also worked in the field of written media.

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