Some students attending the daycare services of the Montreal school board had a surprise at the start of the 2010 school year: interactive terminals were installed in their premises. The objective of the project: to promote the use, by elementary school students, of the services of Allô prof, a charitable organization that promotes school perseverance.
The Allô Prof website offers free homework resources for elementary and secondary school students. “About ten terminals have already been installed,” explains Marc-Antoine Tanguay-Lauzière, communications and marketing manager at Allô prof. Some daycare services already equipped with computers encouraged young people to consult us, but with all the online entertainment offer, students often ended up surfing the Web and did not finish their homework ”.
The interactive terminal seems to him the appropriate solution to this motivation problem: made up of a built-in computer, it only allows consultation of the Allô prof site. “No advertising, no solicitation: it's a better experience for students,” says Marc-Antoine Tanguay-Lauzière. Also, the interactive terminal is like an attractive “explanatory window”, which attracts students and increases their motivation to use our services. "
In fact, more and more children are using after-school childcare services. Many educators encourage them to do their homework there, but they are not trained to answer students' questions. Thanks to this new solution, they can now direct young people to the interactive terminal. Explanatory content in the form of a virtual library, forums, and cyber classes can be found on the Allô prof site. The latter allows direct exchanges with a teacher or a student helping by chat, voice exchange and drawing. “From 4 to 5 pm, we devote all our resources to requests from interactive terminals,” describes the communications manager. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., we respond to all requests, which also includes telephone service. "
A long-range project
Marc-Antoine Tanguay-Lauzière observed very optimistic reactions within the childcare services. “The educators are enthusiastic, they tell us that the students are stimulated by the interactive terminals of Allô prof and that they do not drop out! The parents of these young people make the same observation: their motivation towards homework is improving.
Hello prof also sees other ways to make its interactive terminals useful. “Children's hospitals, for example, could benefit from it,” says Marc-Antoine Tanguay-Lauzière. Often, the young people who are admitted there continue their schooling at a distance, and access to terminals, within the hospital, could facilitate their work. ”
Sandrine Faust, general manager of Allô prof, estimates that in 2010-2011, the interactive terminals will allow more than 200 students to benefit from the services of the organization. "The approach allows the child to gain autonomy by learning to use services that he can find at home and throughout his studies, up to Secondary V," she summarizes.
Allô prof's services are available on the official website, www.alloprof.qc.ca and by phone at 1 888 776-4455.