A 33rd edition under the sign of success for the AQUOPS conference

The members of the Quebec Association of Primary-Secondary Computer Users (AQUOPS) gathered from March 31 to April 2 for their 33rd annual conference, a wonderful technopedagogical training opportunity.

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The members of the Quebec Association of Primary-Secondary Computer Users (AQUOPS) gathered from March 31 to April 2 for their 33e annual conference, a wonderful opportunity for technopedagogical training.

“Developing the technopedagogical reflex”, the theme of this conference, is becoming a must in contemporary professional teaching practices. The 33e edition of the AQUOPS congress enabled nearly 750 delegates to navigate through a variety of continuing education activities related to the integration of technologies in the classroom. This workshop offer stood out as much for its abundance as its diversity:

  • The 13 thematic workshops which were intended to be concrete training, very often hands on the keys and which allowed to explore in depth technopedagogical tools or strategies. In some cases even, these workshops facilitated the development of pedagogical postures that teachers must adopt to facilitate this integration.
  • The 69 workshops-conferences allowed the exploration of new ways of doing things or the sharing of experiences under different axes ranging from leadership to be exercised in technopedagogy to the sharing of experience, including the discovery of new tools. or teaching strategies.
  • The 5 workshops exploracamp, a novelty at AQUOPS this year, encouraged the discovery of many winning ideas and formulas shared in twelve minutes. Delegates walked from table to table during theexploracamp. In short, the essentials were exposed quickly and the facilitators, very often, then shared their documentation via Twitter.
  • The 32 hands / touch workshops were truly anchored in practice, while they offered applications of certain applications or devices in contemporary pedagogy. Whether via TNIs, tablets or through software, the facilitators always shared their expertise with curious teachers on the lookout to enrich their new practice.
  • Our BarAQUOPS used the formula of barcamps to provide an inclusive and participatory discussion environment. The activity, on the theme "Digital, pedagogy and simplicity", aimed to generate spontaneous exchanges between the participants and favor the emergence of ideas and solutions emanating directly from them. As a bonus, students of 5e secondary school came to enrich everything with their vision.

Several of these gatherings were summarized by the dynamic “JournalisTIC” team, made up of teaching students from Laval University. We can consult their texts on the Association's website.

In addition to this community of expertise sharing on site, the Twitter thread, through the hashtag #aquops, allowed a few hundred tweeters to disseminate all the impressions of participants to the four corners of the Francophonie.

Still in terms of networking, on the sidelines of AQUOPS, An almost perfect educational dinner (USPPP) will have brought together sixty enthusiastic techno-pedagogues who came to discuss their academic realities and, also, to discuss pedagogical leadership in a friendly and good mood.

In short, the French-speaking technopedagogical planet vibrated to the rhythm of AQUOPS during these three days. Teachers from all spheres of education formed a single professional group. In fact, primary, secondary or adult education teachers from Quebec, French-speaking Canada and even Europe, from the private or public network, met in Quebec City for a 33e both to develop their technopedagogical reflex and above all, their collaborative reflex!


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Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard holds a bachelor's degree in humanities education (1999), a master's degree in history teaching (2003) and a master's degree in educational management (2013). He is currently a doctoral student in school administration. He specializes in change management in schools as well as in educational leadership. He is also interested in 21st century skills to be developed in education. He holds a managerial position in a public primary school and gives lectures on educational leadership, pedagogical approaches, change in the school environment as well as on the professionalization of teaching. He took part in educational expeditions to France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Morocco. In September 2014, he published the book “Le change en milieu scolaire québécois” with Éditions Reynald Goulet and, in 2019, he published a trilogy on the school of the 21st century with the same publisher. He frequently collaborates with L'École branchée on educational issues. He is very involved in everything that surrounds the professional development of teachers and school administrators as well as the integration of ICT in education. In March 2016, he received a CHAPO award from AQUOPS for his overall involvement.

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