École Fernand-Seguin: A community of practice to support the transformation of a school team

The CAEC, “Collaborative Learning and Teaching Community”, allows teachers and students at École Fernand-Seguin, at the Center de services scolaire de Montréal, to develop their digital skills, whether there is a return to class or not in September. One of its protagonists explains the process to us!

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The CAEC, “Collaborative Learning and Teaching Community”, allows teachers and students at École Fernand-Seguin, at the Center de services scolaire de Montréal, to develop their digital skills, whether there is a return to class or not in September. One of its protagonists explains the process to us! 

Since mid-March, like several others, the teachers at the Fernand-Seguin school have been working with Teams, a collaborative communication application from Microsoft. The use of this platform and a multitude of digital resources will have enabled students to continue their learning despite the closure of schools.

The Computer Programming Learning Community (the CAPI) of the Fernand-Seguin school was created in November 2018 to promote the development of digital competence among the school's teachers and their students. It has made it possible to initiate several innovative projects, one of which, COOP-VR, will be presented to the competition Digital trophies 2020.

Although programming activities have been halted since the onset of the health crisis, the team continued to join forces for the advancement of online education in their school setting. 

In fact, since the schools closed last March, teachers have followed the training offered by the STORY, among other things, in order to be able to use the Teams software with their students.

As a result, the CAPI has reinvented itself, even transformed itself into a collaborative learning and teaching community that will allow teachers and students of the school to continue developing their digital competence, which there is whether or not to return to school in September.

Towards the definitive implementation of a culture of collaboration 

With a view to promoting the new skills acquired by teachers, the team recently applied for a grant from the Ministry of Education. Indeed, it is thanks to the measure 15081 for some innovation projects linked to digital technologies that teachers hope to definitively implement this second community of practice. Their primary objective is to innovate in the methods used to promote collaborative learning and teaching by setting up an appropriate digital environment. If the project is accepted, this grant will allow teachers to share their knowledge with their colleagues in the Quebec school network.

For their part, the school's resource teachers will be on the lookout for new applications promoting the creation of interactive and dynamic activities. Ultimately, this educational material will be shared with the entire school community via a collaborative virtual wall. In the event that students are invited to return to class in September, teachers will continue to use Teams for various school projects and as a channel of communication. To do this, the main features of the Office suite will be taught to the students. Consequently, this community of practice will allow them to learn to collaborate online through various applications and various computer tools, with the aim of getting them to be autonomous in the use of these technologies. during their transition to secondary school.

In addition, a good working method related to information research on the Web will be taught to the students. Also, capsules related to cybersecurity will be developed and presented to them. Finally, the themes of good digital hygiene and online ethics will also be discussed.

Thus, several dimensions of the digital competence can be developed by these young learners, such as collaborating, communicating and producing content using digital technology, developing critical thinking with regard to digital technology, acting as an ethical citizen in the digital age, developing and mobilizing their technological skills.

A team ready to face the challenges of the future

In the event that a second wave of Covid-19 hits the Montreal metropolis in the fall, or in the event that all students cannot access their school in September, this team of teachers says they are ready to face the challenge. !

“I would like to underline the mutual aid that exists between colleagues at the Fernand-Seguin school. Whether it is to deepen our knowledge about the Teams application or face-to-face during virtual meetings, everyone has shown flexibility and generosity. "

Veronique morissette
Physical education teacher

“This period of confinement allowed me to explore, to take training, to think. It is very rare that we allow ourselves to do that. I find that the training offer was abundant and diversified. The resource people in place allowed me to go further and understand my difficulties.

France Leblanc
Teacher in language class

“I think I have learned more from the technological and digital side over the past month than over the past two years. Every day, I make a new discovery! " 

Liliane karib
Third year teacher

“In the context of a pandemic, distance education pushed me to reinvent the teaching of certain concepts through new activities. Having to develop my technological skills through the use of new digital platforms allowed for close teamwork with some colleagues. We were able to decompartmentalize our ways of doing things and pool our respective knowledge in order to improve professionally. It goes without saying that the continuous support provided by the IT resource teacher greatly favored the appropriation of these new skills ”.

Marie-Hélène Côté
First year teacher

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About the Author

Guillaume Bilodeau
Guillaume Bilodeau
Guillaume is an ICT pedagogical advisor at the Montreal School Services Center (CSSDM). He has a bachelor's degree in preschool and elementary education from UQÀM and a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from UQÀC. In addition, he is completing his DESS in educational management. As part of his graduate studies, he is more specifically interested in the establishment of learning communities in Quebec schools.

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