On November 20, 6 free workshops were offered online by RÉCIT in order to introduce educational actors to various themes that can be explored within the framework of the Digital education action plan. The recordings of these workshops as well as the resources presented are available on the RÉCIT website.
When you know that Laury Bedard and Catherine houle take care of training, you know that you are in good hands and that you will undoubtedly come out of it professionally. Their webinar on using Chromebook-style devices was no exception and it was 60 relevant, useful and well-invested minutes that we spent with this top winning duo.
What is the Chromebook?
From the outset, our two presenters distinguished between a Chromebook and a more conventional laptop. It should be remembered that the Chromebook does not have a hard drive (everything goes through the cloud), that it is supported by Google applications (GSuite) for the most part, that it is inexpensive and that it remains very intuitive in its use. Since nothing is perfect, the facilitators also pointed out that it is impossible to install software (only applications on the web) and that it can be difficult to print on this type of device. Its popularity remains undeniable in school environments, and it is undoubtedly thanks to its many collaborative solutions in learning situations that the Chromebook remains so attractive to teachers and their students.
A logical choice
Free in the combo "Fmonkfish devices " of digital action plan, Chromebook-type devices are intended to be an effective gateway for the development of 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, etc.) and a logical choice for the integration of technologies facilitating work in the classroom. Indeed, both teachers and students benefit from applications on their Chromebooks that simplify and considerably improve the management of their learning environment.
Google Classroom without moderation
We have learned, for this purpose, that Laury and Catherine's favorite app is Classroom. A true virtual learning environment, it brings together several essential functions such as sending questionnaires or homework and making dictations from audio recordings. The management of work in class or at home is therefore improved and faster. Another must-have aspect of Classroom is that it allows multiple types of files to be checked in. No more lost USB keys or overflowing mailboxes; the teacher can manage, with his unlimited Drive, all the documents, small or large, which are deposited there by the pupils. To conclude on this application, the two trainers underlined that the sharing of working documents Slides, Docs, Sheets or Drawings allows the live monitoring of the progress of the students and gives the possibility to the teachers to support them with comments and recommendations. in real time.
Google education accounts
As mentioned above, teachers and students who use a Google Education account (managed by school boards) have unlimited free storage space. Adults have the option of blocking certain functions (creation of a Youtube channel, for example) depending on the age of the pupils. These Google Education Accounts must of course go through parental approval before being created, because even if student data is not used for advertising or commercial purposes, it still ends up on Google's servers. This data collection can be an issue, recalls Laury and Catherine, and it is for this reason that it is important to be as aware as possible of Google's terms of service. Our presenters insist on the fact that it is often lawyers who take charge of this file in the school boards. All this to ensure that no details concerning confidentiality escape teachers and parents when the time comes to implement Google tools in schools.
For all the details
Laury and Catherine concluded their presentation by inviting us to visit the website of STORY Campus, where their very detailed self-study can be found on the GSuite and Chromebook-type devices. They have also made accessible on the Web visual support of their presentation which contains a host of resources and links to help you in the possibilities of educational integration of the Chromebook. With this in mind, keep in mind that collaboration must remain the central element in the use of these devices and that the development of this skill is the real gift that you can give to your students.
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