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Teachers have their benchmarks. Over the years, many have used various teaching methods offered by publishing houses. Do they feel even more confident with a printed manual, its answer key and its reproducible cards? However, in this school year 2011-2012, the publishing houses offer much more.

"The first instinct of teachers goes to print," explains Caroline Viel, editor at Modulo. But so much the better if there is web access and a digital version! With the advent of IWBs, teachers need digital content. Now that's almost the norm: most of our new projects have a paper version and a digital version. "

Same story with ERPI. "When you design a collection, you immediately integrate the digital component, confirms Vivianne Chénier, Director of Research and Development. Both components are planned at the same time, both in terms of design and budget."

On the Grand Duke side, the digital material was first designed in support of a printed collection already approved by the teaching material approval office (BAMD) at MELS. “What we are developing was directly linked to these collections. We are now developing digital material for all of our new publications, ”says Virginie Chatard, Publishing Director.

Textbook publishers have therefore multiplied their approaches in recent years. Some offer USB drives, web spaces, or even stand-alone platforms as complements to printed material. All these options have their advantages and disadvantages and remain at the choice of teachers.

If the USB key was popular lately, it seems that it was just the first step towards digital for publishing houses. Admittedly, the key did not require an annual renewal and could be carried around everywhere. On the other hand, its content remained exclusively in the hands of the teacher and could hardly be accessible to the students or updated. The three editors consulted by Infobourg seem to be abandoning it for new products.

At Éditions Grand Duc, we offer independent digital tools to download. “This allows the teacher to work offline, wherever they want, without worrying about an Internet connection problem at school or at home. He no longer has to worry about having his USB key with him ”.

At Modulo, we favored web access. “The web supplement becomes interesting for a subject that moves like the news. Map and data updates are made easy. However, it is quite a change in philosophy to design products that must constantly evolve over time. "

At ERPI, we access digital content online. This makes it possible to consult the manual from any computer connected to the Internet, without downloading. The students see their backpack lighter, because they have all their tools in hand to do their homework at home.

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Julie Beaupré
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Julie is a primary ICT educational advisor and RÉCIT resource person at the Commission scolaire des Affluents. Also, blogger here and the.

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