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In this issue: climate change and education at the heart of Quebec youth's priorities, new teacher groups to inspire you on Facebook, a podcast on feedback, resources to discover, can we outsmart algorithms, and much more!
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Climate change and education at the heart of the priorities of Quebec youth
The Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec (RCJEQ) unveiled last week the results of its national consultation campaign, MyVoiceCountsThe survey was conducted among 5,000 Quebecers between the ages of 15 and 35. The objective of the initiative is to allow young Quebecers to express themselves and propose concrete solutions on the province's political issues based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
One of the key findings of this consultation is the importance that youth place on actions to combat climate change. Nearly half (48 %) of respondents believe that addressing climate change is a priority sustainable development issue, followed closely by gender equality (45 %), access to quality education (42 %), and ending poverty (41 %).
Furthermore, education is omnipresent in the consultation and is proposed many times as a solution to several sustainable development issues, such as poverty, hunger, health, environment and justice.
"It is clear that young people place a very high value on education and its impact on building a sustainable and more equal society. However, they feel that the system lacks financial and material resources, and that academic support is uncertain. According to them, a profound change is necessary to adapt to the new societal realities that call for alternative modes of education and the implementation of programs with flexible schedules," explains Rudy Humbert.
CEGEP André-Laurendeau raises the profile of AI in Quebec
Last spring, nearly 550 high school students across Quebec were able to experience the basics of AI thanks to the Project dista from Cégep André-Laurendeau. A tour stopped in more than ten high schools, including five schools in the Gaspé Peninsula. The dista project allows senior high school students to learn the basics of artificial intelligence, including computer vision.
"When the young people started using the microprocessors, I saw in their eyes that we had succeeded in piquing their curiosity. It was an incredible experience, everyone was so welcoming and warm," says Robin Mailhot, a 3rd year student in Robotics Engineering at the Université Sherbrooke and scientific animator for the Dista Project.
Discover it on Facebook
A few new things to report on Facebook:
- The Innovative Teachers Group Community of sharing (ideas, questions, materials) for teachers who want to innovate in their practice.
- The group GEG Quebec A place to exchange, share resources and ideas, and provide professional development opportunities to support the integration of Google tools for classrooms at all levels and in all disciplines.
- The group ICT in education (not new, but still relevant): a place for positive exchange on the use of technology in the classroom, open to all French-speaking teachers and school stakeholders.
- The page of the new Health and Physical Education Network: The REPS is an innovative project to share resources in order to improve and diversify the professional development of health and physical education teachers.
To watch or listen to
- A Quebec math teacher makes his mark on TikTok (greetings to Sylvain Duclos, collaborator of École branchée).
- The episode Spotlight on Feedback In this episode of Plein Phare, the podcast where teachers from the Centre de services scolaires des Phares are featured, we focus on feedback with teachers Isabelle Tremblay and Sandra St-Pierre (as a bonus, an intervention by Laurie Couture, pedagogical advisor at École branchée!)
Resources to have on hand
- The online platform ODIL compiles the initiatives of French-speaking actors who are mobilizing around the world to disseminate projects and solutions to fight against disinformation. Created by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, this platform allows you to discover media and information literacy initiatives from around the world, including those of the Centre québécois éducation aux médias et à l'information (CQÉMI).
- The Philo Lab proposes "Memory and memories".Five free cartoons, paired with five cards for reflection and discussion with children. Themes of memory, the past and memories are addressed.
- The interactive timeline: discover all its applications An interactive timeline includes elements or buttons that can be interacted with. People can get additional information by clicking on these interactive elements or by hovering over them with the mouse. The Genial.ly website offers several templates and ideas.
- Pascale Thériault and Stéphane Allaire, professors in the Department of Education at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and members of the FRQ-SC team on research-practice partnerships in education, recently published the book "Encouraging the pleasure of writing in primary school. This collective work, which brings together some fifteen authors from different backgrounds, presents a variety of teaching/learning devices, interventions and technological tools that can contribute to the development of writing skills.
- Can we outsmart the algorithms? Social networks were not designed to inform, but rather to socialize, as their name indicates. Some algorithms favor the popularity and virality of a content, rather than its validity and relevance. But rest assured, there are ways to thwart algorithms. This article from the Centre québécois en éducation aux médias et à l'information explains how.
- 7 reasons to become an entrepreneur at school "The more young people learn to measure risk, to live in a state of imbalance, and to see that they learn best in these situations, the more competent they will become at appreciating change."
To put on the agenda
The 11e edition of the World Media and Information Literacy Week will take place from October 24 to 31 under the theme "Nurturing Trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative". Organized by UNESCO, the event celebrates the progress made year after year in improving media and information literacy.
The 20th edition of the My most beautiful story contest
The Fédération des syndicats de l'enseignement (FSE-CSQ), in collaboration with the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), kicked off the 20e edition of the My most beautiful story writing contest for students in adult general education. Each year, students enrolled in a center on the territory of the FSE-CSQ are invited to write a text on a subject that inspires them. The contest is open to all educational services, including literacy and francization. At the end of a rigorous selection process, a rich collection of the 50 best texts received will be published.
In closing, remember that...
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