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From January 27 to 29, the international meeting took place in Clair, New Brunswick Clear2011, a gathering of educators (teachers, students, CP, people from New Brunswick Department of Education, of APTICA, etc.), but also a few business people interested in education, Web 2.0 and collaboration. Teachers Sylvain Bérubé and Catherine Lapointe share with us their experience there. (Last of two parts.)
Speaking of Twitter, a majority of the people on site made great use of this tool throughout the event, noting, summarizing, co-constructing their thinking by exchanging with the other participants and, of course, several people not present. Thus, 334 people participated via Twitter in Clair2011. This is much more than the 190 or so physically present at the scene, and more than three times last year. These people from everywhere generated more than 3 times more tweets than in 2010, according to Michelle Deschênes and Séverine Parent of the Iteractive company… proof that people have adopted the tool more? To ask the question is undoubtedly to answer it!
In summary, this broth of projects transmitted so generously by the students and the staff gave rise to a good number of questions and ideas in the minds of the technopedagogues present at this non-conference. This evolution of ICT in education indeed deserves some time for reflection. To the question “Why integrate them? », All will answer you: to make learning stimulating, dynamic, to share, to network, etc. But to the question "How to integrate them?" », The answer is still subject to a host of budgetary, administrative, logistical and even human constraints. The formula adopted by the organizers of Clair, Roberto Gauvin and Mario asselin in the lead, leaves room for co-construction via exchanges between participants, which energizes the discussions and makes them even more meaningful.
As a conclusion, here is a comment from Sébastien Paquet (sent via Twitter). Clair2011: An opportunity to bathe for a few days among similar minds who are fascinated by the new possibilities offered by technologies. Also, an opportunity to broaden one's horizons and strengthen one's understanding of the challenges of the evolution of learning. It's easier to defend a forward-thinking vision when you have hundreds of friends who already understand it!
For the list of workshops and traces of some discussions, you can consult the Clair2011 wiki.
Infobourg thanks those who were its eyes and ears during the event and invites you to visit their pages to find out more about what drives them!
by Sylvain Bérubé
and Catherine Lapointe