The École branchée attended the launch of the digital action plan in education and higher education on May 30 in Quebec. Here are the press releases we have received on this subject from various organizations. They make it possible to compare the different points of view.
First, the government press release, then the press releases received, most recent first.
Digital action plan in education and higher education - Success at the heart of the digital revolution
QUEBEC, May 30, 2018 / CNW Telbec / - The first digital action plan in education and higher education was unveiled today by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sport and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, Mr. Sébastien Proulx, and the Minister of Higher Education and the Status of Women, Mr.me Hélène David. The Action Plan is a major commitment of the Policy on Educational Success and of Quebec's Digital Strategy.
With this digital action plan in education and higher education, the government recognizes education and higher education as the key that will allow Quebec to adapt to the digital revolution, the fourth major revolution after mechanization, electrification and industrialization. Accordingly, a sum totaling nearly $ 1.2 billion has been granted for the implementation of this plan, which will continue until 2023.
Three main orientations guide the Digital Action Plan:
- Support the development of digital skills for young people and adults;
- Use digital technology as a vector of added value in teaching and learning practices;
- Create an environment conducive to the deployment of digital technology throughout the education system.
“Educational success is the opportunity for each and everyone to deploy their talents at all stages of their life. It is also and above all about lives that start well and on solid foundations. We therefore have a duty to ensure that pupils and students will have access to the tools necessary to develop their full potential and adapt to the times. This new generation of students must have the chance to develop their computer skills, they must have the opportunity to program, code and learn about robotics. It must be able to benefit from everything that digital technology allows in terms of developing skills for the 21e century and the acquisition of knowledge. "
Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region
“Optimal use of digital technology will take shape, among other things, through innovative practices, the pooling of resources and services, as well as a distance training offer adapted to the reality of today and tomorrow. We are committed to optimizing the accessibility of digital tools and promoting sharing and collaboration between establishments. Total investments in higher education for the next five years are of the order of 387,750,000 $, a historic sum! In addition, the eCampus Quebec will bring together, among other things, all the courses offered at a distance in all colleges and universities in Quebec. This virtual campus will increase awareness of the distance education offer to Quebec students, but also to foreign students, especially those from the Francophonie. "
Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education and the Status of Women
“Quebec's Digital Strategy, launched last December, marked the beginning of a societal transformation that we want to be successful and harmonious for the benefit of all citizens. We owe it to ourselves to be at the forefront of the digital shift and this goes, in particular, through initiation into programming for our little ones to specialized training for the oldest. The Strategy charts the way forward to succeed in this great digital shift which leads to thinking, acting and interacting differently. Quebec's digital transformation is no longer a choice, but a must in all areas. "
Dominique Anglade, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
This action plan was drawn up on the basis of the results of several consultations carried out with the education and higher education network.
The 33 measures that make up the Digital Action Plan aim at effective integration and optimal use of digital technology in the service of success, to enable everyone to develop and maintain their skills throughout their lives. For example :
- Support the acquisition of digital equipment for educational purposes in schools;
- Develop the educational use of computer programming in schools;
- Promote the continuous training of teaching, professional and support staff in digital pedagogy;
- Produce a new benchmark of skills for the teaching profession to promote the integration of digital technologies into the teaching practices of future teachers;
- Establish a reference framework for digital skills across all levels of education;
- Create a national platform for digital educational resources;
- Deploy the loan of digital books in school libraries;
- Promote the deployment of distance education in primary and secondary education;
- Bring together all the distance training offer in higher education (eCampus Quebec);
- Set up the unified digital file of the student, who will follow him throughout his educational journey;
- Develop ministerial assessment tools in digital training;
- Support the development of the Quebec educational technology sector (ed-tech).
SOURCE Office of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports
Quebec takes the lead in digital technology for student success
QUEBEC, May 30, 2018 / CNW Telbec / - The president of the Association québécoise du personnel de direction des écoles (AQPDE), Ms. Danielle Boucher, today welcomed the tabling of the Digital plan in education and higher education tabled by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Mr. Sébastien Proulx.
In order to ensure proper integration of digital technology in schools, the Quebec government announces that more than $ 1.2 billion over 5 years will be devoted to training and the deployment of tools. From the first year, the government will allocate 400 million to equip schools.
The AQPDE is pleased to note the government's desire to protect the autonomy of school teams in the choice of tools that will be offered to students. “It is the management and its team who are best placed to choose the tools that will be offered in their environment. This recognition is important to ensure the successful deployment of the Plan », Notes Danielle Boucher.
“Digital is a fantastic tool for fostering student success. Already, several establishments have deployed innovative strategies. However, there was a lack of clear directions and, above all, of the sustained means to give the necessary impetus to extend these innovations to as many students as possible. It's now done, ”says Danielle Boucher.
The key: adequate training and sustained support
The stake of the success of this Plan is to ensure adequate training from the start and rigorous follow-up throughout the establishment in the establishment. "We are pleased to note that a staff training and support budget is provided for in this Plan. You cannot give tools to every student if training and support are not provided. This is necessary to ensure that we make the most of new technologies, ”concluded Ms. Boucher.
SOURCE Quebec Association of School Management Staff (AQPDE)
The Federation of Private Educational Institutions welcomes the Digital Education Action Plan
MONTREAL, May 30, 2018 / CNW Telbec / - The Federation of Private Educational Institutions welcomes the Digital Education Action Plan presented today. This plan responds to various concerns raised by the Federation in its memory presented during the digital agenda consultations in November 2016.
During the consultations, the Federation had clearly signaled to the government its concern about the growing digital divide between the various Quebec schools and the risks of social exclusion for young people who have not learned to evolve in a digital universe. The Federation is pleased to note that the measures proposed in the Plan propose concerted action so that all Quebec students have access to the support necessary to learn to use technologies in a responsible, respectful and safe manner.
The Federation is delighted that the government plans to clearly define the digital skills benchmark for preschool, primary and secondary. As soon as they start school, in the same way that we teach the basics of literacy and numeracy, we will now teach all students the basics of digital.
The Federation welcomes the planned efforts in terms of training and professional development of teachers in order to support them in the school's digital shift. “The digital school, like the traditional school, must revolve around the teacher-student relationship. In addition, the role of the teacher is called to evolve and this requires a review of the initial training of teachers and above all, the establishment of a real culture of professional development within the teaching profession, ”wrote the Federation in his thesis in November 2016. The Digital Action Plan gives pride of place to the establishment of training and professional development opportunities for current teachers and future teachers, an essential condition of success for a successful digital shift from school.
About the Federation of Private Educational Institutions
The Federation is a non-profit organization that brings together 193 independent establishments attended by some 113,000 students spread across Quebec. The members of the Federation offer services to preschool, elementary and secondary students in the areas of general and vocational training and special education. The Federation is a service center for these schools. It offers a wide choice of training for school staff, consulting services and group purchasing services. To find out more, visit the websites www.annuairefeep.com and www.feep.qc.ca.
SOURCE Federation of Private Educational Institutions
The Edteq Association welcomes the Digital Action Plan of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MÉES)
MÉES recognizes the importance of the Quebec “edtech” sector in the success of this daring plan.
QUEBEC, May 31, 2018 - On the occasion of the unveiling of the digital action plan in education and higher education yesterday, the president of the Association of Enterprises for the Development of Educational Technologies in Quebec (Edteq), Carl Malartre, welcomed the mobilization of the government and the leadership of Minister Sébastien Proulx around digital technology. “This is an important issue for the future of Quebec, which sets us apart and brings us significant collective wealth. "
The MEES takes a big step forward by recognizing that digital must be part of teaching and learning strategies in classrooms of the 21e century. This vast action plan is based on the development of the digital skills of young people and adults, on the use of digital technology as a vector of added value in teaching and learning practices and on the creation of an environment conducive to learning. deployment of digital technology throughout the education system.
Digital education in Quebec: a vibrant industry
Members of the Edteq Association work directly with local education professionals, enabling the creation of solutions tailored to the needs of teachers, schools and administrators. The digital action plan in education also includes several points on which they can contribute directly, such as the development of digital resources, equipment as well as training and support for teachers.
“Digital education in Quebec is a vibrant industry,” says Shawn Young, vice-president of the association and CEO of Classcraft. “We have a unique opportunity to be able to create digital educational resources here, for Quebec. Today, the MÉES recognizes the importance of our efforts. "
About the Edteq Association
The Association of Enterprises for the Development of Educational Technologies in Quebec (Edteq) was founded in July 2017. It brings together more than 60 companies and organizations that work to promote the success of Quebec students by taking advantage of digital technology. The Edteq Association's mission is to promote the work of its members, in Quebec and internationally, as well as to promote access to educational technologies.
SOURCE Edteq Association
MONTREAL, May 31, 2018 / CNW Telbec / - The Quebec Federation of Educational Institutions (FQDE) welcomes the continued investment in education. With the announcement yesterday of a digital action plan in education and higher education of nearly $ 1.2 billion for the next five years and a 2018-2028 Quebec Infrastructure Plan of $ 2.3 billion for the schools of Quebec, the week was rich in encouraging announcements for the future of our young people.
A digital action plan for the development of skills in the 21e century
All the students of Quebec must be able to realize themselves, to reach their full potential in the area of this 4th industrial revolution that is digital. The injection of $ 1.2 billion into the Quebec education system goes in this direction and will promote the implementation of new tools to train our students in new jobs in the digital field.
The FQDE is delighted that the choice of digital equipment will be the responsibility of the school teams. "They know the needs of students from their backgrounds and the means to put in place to ensure their success", specifies Lorraine Normand-Charbonneau, president of the FQDE.
The deployment of this Action Plan must also be well planned and benefit from winning conditions for implementation. School personnel must be trained, equipped and, above all, supported in order to actively contribute to the development of digital skills among Quebec students.
Québec infrastructure plan 2018-2028: necessary investments
The FQDE welcomes the new investments of $ 2.3 billion for the renovation, construction and expansion of schools in Quebec. The president of the FQDE Lorraine Normand-Charbonneau believes that this is a good start and that it will be necessary to ensure the continuation of the investments until obtaining a quality park-school-Quebec.
“A good work environment promotes the success and development of students and school teams. »Adds the president.
About the FQDE
The FQDE is the main professional body representing the directors and vice-principals of educational establishments in Quebec. It is made up of more than 1,950 members from 20 regional associations. The mission of the federation is to promote professional development and excellence in management and to defend their rights.
SOURCE Quebec Federation of Educational Institutions (FQDE)
“The Department plans to spend considerable sums in a short period of time on digital tools, without having completed the needs assessment in the communities. He must also ensure that the personnel who will have to use these new tools will be adequately trained. One National Digital Day per year, that makes a great title, but it is clearly not enough for training, because the staff must take ownership of the tools and develop educational activities for the learning of pupils and students. . All this must be done with the greatest respect for the professional autonomy of the people concerned who must be able to choose, among all the options, those which correspond to their educational vision ”, declared Line Camerlain, vice-president of the CSQ.
“Faced with the rapid spread of digital technology in workplaces, it becomes imperative to develop and share a common vision on the measures to be put in place to ensure that the use of digital tools is for the benefit of all. and all. To this end, all education personnel, as well as the organizations that represent them, must be involved in the implementation of this action plan. As for the measures linked to the various reference frameworks provided for in the action plan concerning, in particular, teaching staff and distance learning (eCampus), we will pay particular attention to them by ensuring that the groups concerned are involved in the consultations and implementation, ”she added.
Let us recall that a large study recently carried out by the CSQ shows that almost all (97 %) of the education personnel represented by the CSQ are in favor of digital education. More than two-thirds of staff believe that digital tools promote learning and motivate students. On the other hand, the workers consulted also identified certain flaws. They particularly deplore the lack of time for training and appropriation of technological tools and the increase in their workload.
The CSQ will remain on the lookout for all developments in this matter, since the stakes are high for education and the personnel who work there.
Main highlights of the CSQ study:
- 76.5 % of respondents mention that the use of digital tools has improved or greatly improved communication at all levels, whether with colleagues, parents, the public, external collaborators and even with students , students;
- 74 % of participating personnel declares that they use personal technological equipment to carry out their daily professional tasks;
- the line between professional and private life is becoming increasingly thin: 76.5 % observe an increase in the tasks carried out in their personal time;
- glaring training needs:
- even if 70 % of the respondents received training, they are of short duration,
- 75 % report having received eight hours or less of training in the past 12 months;
- 97 % of those questioned are in favor of digital technology;
- 70 % consider that digital tools promote learning and motivate pupils;
- the lack of time for the appropriation and mastery of the various digital tools are the main obstacles to their use.
A unique survey
In total, 9,000 people took part in the survey. Remember that the CSQ is the first central to survey its members on a large scale in order to document the impacts of digital technology on their working conditions.
To consult the highlights of the CSQ's digital survey, click here.
The CSQ represents more than 200,000 members, including nearly 130,000 in the public sector. It is the most important union organization in education and early childhood in Quebec. The CSQ is also present in the health and social services, daycare, municipal, recreation, culture, community and communications sectors.
Digital action plan in education and higher education - An action plan and investments that will help CEGEPs pursue the digital shift
MONTREAL, May 30, 2018 / CNW Telbec / - The Fédération des cégeps is delighted with the announcement of the Digital Action Plan in Education and Higher Education, presented this afternoon by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Mr. Sébastien Proulx, and the Minister of Higher Education, Mme Hélène David. Out of the budget envelope of nearly $ 1.2 billion announced for the implementation of this plan over the next five years from primary to university, the government plans to devote a total of 387,750,000 $ for the Higher Education.
The college network receives a very large share of this amount, i.e. nearly 240 M$ which will have to be invested by 2023 in CEGEPs, in particular to support the development of digital skills in students, to promote continuing education for teaching, professional and professional staff. support for digital pedagogy, support institutions in the acquisition of digital equipment for educational purposes and increase the use of resources and software to support learning. In addition, one of the flagship measures announced in the digital action plan is the creation of the eCampus Québec platform, which should bring together all of the distance training offer in higher education and for which the college network is already collaborating with implementation work.
“The vast project announced this afternoon is good news for Quebec, which must commit more than ever to the future of training in the digital age when the majority of the 240,000 new jobs that will be created 'by 2024 will require a qualification in higher education and will have to rely on strong digital skills. We are all the more delighted that this plan responds globally to the needs expressed by the public college network for a successful digital transition. CEGEPs have been at the forefront in this area and several measures unveiled today echo the recommendations made by the Fédération des cégeps in its brief submitted as part of the Québec Digital Strategy ”, indicated the President and CEO of the Fédération des cégeps, Mr. Bernard Tremblay.
Tabled in December 2016 and unanimously adopted by the 48 CEGEPs as part of the consultations conducted by the government for the development of Quebec's Digital Strategy, this brief proposed 27 recommendations intended to transform the college network in order to respond the upheavals of society in general and the world of work in particular in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. The three general orientations of the Digital Action Plan in Education and Higher Education presented today - supporting the development of digital skills of young people and adults, exploiting digital technology as a vector of added value in teaching and teaching practices. learning, and creating an environment conducive to the deployment of digital technology throughout the education system - are broken down into nine objectives to which thirty-three measures are attached, which are in line with most of the recommendations formulated by the CEGEPs in this regard.
The Fédération des cégeps will wait for the publication of the new budgetary rules to analyze in more detail the amounts allocated to the cégeps for the implementation of the various axes of this action plan, but already assures the government of its full collaboration of in concert with all the partners in the education and higher education networks to make this digital shift, which Quebec badly needs, a success across the board.
The Fédération des cégeps is the voluntary grouping of 48 public colleges in Quebec. It was created in 1969 in order to promote the development of college education and CEGEPs. It acts as the official spokesperson and forum for consultation of the CEGEPs, to which it offers services in matters of pedagogy, student affairs, international affairs, continuing education and business services, financing, research, etc. human resources, education assessment, legal affairs, information resources, negotiation and labor relations. The Fédération des cégeps represents the colleges in the negotiation of collective agreements. www.fedecegeps.qc.ca.
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SOURCE Federation of CEGEPs