The school year takes place in a few days. In recent weeks, parents roam the stores to buy the necessary school material, yet thousands of children will be equipped with devices that are not on school supplies lists recommended by their school.
one-quarter of students in 4th and 5th year in Canada had their own cell phone or smartphone shows a report conducted in 2014 and published in 2015 by MediaSmarts, a non-profit organization. This figure rises to 83% when students reach grade 9.
According to another report from the same organization, 79% of teachers support the use of new technologies in the classroom.
Despite this openness, there is still a long way to go before our classrooms are truly the 21st century picture believes Mario Chiasson, the English East school District.
the man from the Acadian Peninsula wears many hats. He is responsible for the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) into the school curriculum.
“The school, at present, does not really meet the needs of society “, he said.
According to Mario Chiasson, the biggest problem lies in the fact that educational leaders do not understand how to skillfully integrate ICT in education program.
“Before if I was able to compete at local, regional and provincial, I could get a life. With the advent of ICT, communication barriers have been completely redefined. It did not exist before. Our educational leaders are struggling to conceptualize a vision compared to that. “
It is not only teachers close to retirement age who face obstacles, but also new teachers , indicated M.Chiasson.
If new generations are comfortable in the world of social media, they are less so when it comes to use in to other circumstances.
“for example, when they are asked are able to write an essay on a particular topic on Word, they do not necessarily know how to format paragraphs. (…) So they know how to use PowerPoint, but in our society it wants this students are responsible for their learning and not the audience. Is our future teachers are well placed to teach our students to develop good numerical skills to meet the needs of society? “
But there are examples of schools in New Brunswick who manage integrate technology in the classroom. Last year the Community Learning Centre La Fontaine of Neguac, screens have replaced the tables in a math class. The students were not sitting in a Row, but around a table. The teacher transmits the material on a screen installed at each desk.
The success of this program has not yet been determined concretely, but it seems to achieve success, as more students will benefit in 2016 and 2017, said Denis Losier, director of the school.
A model in Madawaska
at the Centre for e-Learning Haut-Madawaska (CAHM), in Clair, the use of new technologies is inscribed in the DNA of the school.
“We get the program Ministry studies, but does not necessarily tell us how to teach, so we leeway. What we try to do at school is to guide young people with this technology. This is how young people can be prepared for their world. It’s a changing world, “says Roberto Gauvin, Director of CAHM.
The new technology greatly benefit the students of the school and do not be afraid.
“This is a classroom management issue. People who are afraid of new technologies are probably afraid that it’s going to test how they manage their class. New technologies are changing the ways of learning. Young people can work at their own pace. “
ICTs are particularly effective tools for students with special needs.
” It is quite rigorous and it is difficult for some write great lyrics. You can have a computer to help the student to write the text. Just the rough part, it will not have to retype the text three times. In general, all the tools that young people can use outside school and in their world, they are going to use anyway. When using tools to make tools to make life easier and easier, it does not necessarily mean it is loose, it may be more effective elsewhere. “
Since 2010 a symposium is held annually and brings together hundreds of French teachers from across Canada.
“the goal is to bring together people who want things to change in education. It’s a bit like walking into our Twitter feed. We meet people we follow on-line for years. The goal is to make the foreground different ways. It does not claim that we have the best ways to do here in Clair, but we are willing to share what we do. It happens beautiful things everywhere, but people do not always have the chance to work together. They often work in isolation. “