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Information and communication technologies (ICT) are in full development and are lacking in teacher training, deplore teachers Mélanie Couture and Anne-Sophie Charland. To introduce their colleagues who are afraid to use their interactive whiteboard, they presented solutions that were easy to set up, including congress of the Quebec Association of Teachers in the Social Universe.
“The starting point should be self-assessment: what am I afraid of, what programs am I comfortable with? », Begins Mélanie Couture, who teaches in French immersion. From their answers, the teacher must set specific learning objectives. For example, does a teacher hesitate to use the whiteboard in class because he is not confident in his ability to find content on the Internet? In this case, a refresher course is required. If it is rather because the applications used with the TBI are too complex, he may rather consult his colleagues who are familiar with the applications of the board.
For Anne-Sophie Charland, who defines herself as a beginner in the use of technologies in the classroom, ICT can constitute an overload of work if the teacher does not know how to do it. “I am not an expert in technological tools,” she explains. If something goes wrong during a classroom activity, I probably won't know how to fix it! You have to choose the programs you operate; so, we do better if there is a bug. "
Because bugs and screen freezes are not impossible, observe the two teachers. Although it is not necessary to know everything about computers, the teacher must be able to react to certain situations without panicking: when an image does not appear in the right place, the file cannot be found, or the computer needs to be restarted , for example.
But ICT know-how is profitable, believe the two teachers. “The school portal makes it possible to share the school calendar with parents and to communicate the child's progress to them,” explains Mélanie Couture. I also use it to highlight certain educational games that I choose. »The portal allows you to publish everything that is distributed in class. So, if a student has lost a sheet, they can reprint it at home. Students can also complete homework directly on the portal, saving paper.
Anne-Sophie Charland, for her part, observes that she has greatly benefited from her training in ICT. “A lot of material is available for free on the web. Activities are already ready, and accessible even for those who are not computer pros, ”she explains. School boards offer resources to teachers who wish to develop ICT skills; but still, the most effective solution is to turn to the students. “Ask for their help! say Couture and Charland. Young people know ICTs: make them your allies, to learn how to use them. "