BIC Education, well known for its pens, is making a daring bet by testing a new mobile digital tablet in Quebec specially designed for elementary school children. It is specifically intended to support the acquisition of basic skills, such as handwriting.
If it is impressive for adults to see children handle technological tools with ease, we must admit that sometimes, one can wonder if these skills are not acquired to the detriment of basic learning.
For example, will the generation of the keyboard also know how to handle the pencil with such dexterity? It is precisely with the objective of combining technology and basic learning that a new tablet, manufactured by the French company BIC, is currently being tested in four schools in Quebec.
“It is essential that children learn to write by hand and our new tablet is an effective and stimulating tool for developing this skill,” explains Alice Fournier, Deputy Director General of BIC Education. The electronic tablet is equipped with a stylus and a touch screen. “We work on the tablet the same way we would on a sheet of paper,” she explains.
Thanks to this table, the basic learnings, which have not changed over time, meet the technology of the 21e century. “Young people evolve daily in a technological world and we want to put this attraction at the service of basic learning. Using the tablet, they can search the Internet. In particular, they can consult the virtual dictionaries there. "
Another advantage of the tablet is that the teacher has access to the student's progress at all times. “Using the stylus, the young person will write on his tablet the path that led to the resolution of a problem. The teacher can follow and correct the process as it goes. It can also be used for different types of exercises, from conjugation tests to math challenges. Our tablet is also compatible with interactive whiteboards (IWB) since the contents of the tablets can be projected on them. "
In closing, Ms. Fournier mentioned that the teachers will not be left to their own devices as a technical support service will be available to them to answer their questions. “We are very confident that our tablet will be able to significantly contribute to the learning of basic subjects. We look forward to receiving feedback from schools participating in this first classroom assessment in Quebec. "
Indeed, according to an article on the subject, published in the daily Le Soleil on November 18, 2013, four Quebec schools are currently testing the tablet: the Escale and Plateau schools in Charlesbourg as well as one school in Estrie and another in Trois-Rivières.