The Rendez-vous RÉCIT: the Code MTL project at the CSDM

Pascale-Dominique Chaurez, ICT educational advisor at the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), presented the Code MTL project, which has now been going on for two years with 6,480 students, 270 teachers and 95 primary schools of the CSDM.

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On March 19, the third virtual Rendez-vous du RÉCIT was held. Six free workshops were offered online in order to introduce educational actors to various themes that could be explored within the framework of the Digital education action plan. The recordings of these workshops as well as the resources presented will be available on the RÉCIT website.

MTL code: introduction to programming

Pascale-Dominique Chaurez, ICT educational advisor at the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), presented the Code MTL project, which has now been going on for two years with 6,480 students, 270 teachers and 95 CSDM elementary schools, in addition to being in 14 municipal libraries in Montreal. The primary intention of Ms. Chaayez, during this Rendez-vous RÉCIT, was to inspire as many educational players as possible by sharing the process behind Code MTL and by making all the resources for this project available to everyone.

"There is no point in reinventing the wheel, we are in a process of mutual aid and collaboration and Code MTL is accessible to all"

The approach recommended by Educational Services, Computer Services and the CSDM Foundation is intended as a continuum allowing students from preschool to grade six to experience real integration of classroom programming in a digital creation context. Code MTL is therefore an initiative promoting digital literacy in students aged five to twelve through visual programming. From Blue-Bot to Scratch, learners progress through the eight workshops offered to them at each cycle. Creativity, problem solving, computer thinking, collaboration and critical thinking are as many skills to be developed in the citizens of tomorrow as they are reasons to use programming as a lever for many learning activities.

Priority: professional development

The Code MTL project has made professional development one of its priorities and it is through continuous training and constant support that teachers, like students, develop several skills. Laurence Brière-Labbé, teacher at St-Albert-Legrand school, was able to testify to all the support and supervision she received during the last two years of living Code MTL in her class:

“I admit that at first it was a bit stressful to be in front of the unknown, but with the support I received, I am now a Scratch expert. I loved the experience, the students are super motivated and continue to program on their own. Many parents also ask me if they can get training because they see the huge potential in using programming for educational purposes. " 

Teachers who get involved in such a project then adopt an agent of change posture. They become the leaders in their community by giving pride of place to programming. From 2019-2020, the CSDM will be able to count on nearly 450 leaders in its schools thanks to Code MTL and who will continue, just as Ms. Chaayez mentioned in her presentation, to use the added values of programming to prepare learners. to the challenges of tomorrow.

Your turn to code

Code MTL invites you to embark on its digital shift by using all of its resources in your primary class. So you have access here and completely free of charge at the 32 programming workshops designed for students in preschool through sixth grade. You will also be able to read about all the information provided during this RECIT Rendezvous by clicking here.

Finally, I invite you to explore the hashtag #CodeMTL on Twitter to stay abreast of the latest developments in this project and witness the positive spinoffs it generates.

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About the Author

Maxime Laflamme
Maxime Laflamme is an educational advisor and project manager at École branchée. He is also editor-in-chief of the SCOOP! Educational guides. He has a bachelor's degree in preschool education and elementary education from the University of Sherbrooke and is pursuing a graduate degree in school management at Laval University. He transmits his passion for digital education and innovative practices through CréaCamps, conferences and workshops throughout the French-speaking world.

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