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Digital within the Classroom: Dozens of free on-line coaching programs for academics

Robotics, fleets of mobile devices, creative labs and new teaching approaches will no longer hold any secrets thanks to the free online training offering unveiled yesterday as part of the Digital Action Plan.

If you haven’t been on a desert island vacation since May 29, chances are you haven’t heard of the Digital Education Action Plan if you’re teaching in Quebec! And if so, we’d be happy to tell you!

We’ve been waiting impatiently for September 10, 2018: today the first phase of the “Training” component of the famous “digital combos” that schools could use was presented.

“Digital Combos”: equipment and training

First, let’s recall that last spring, Quebec schools were invited to make intentions to purchase massive amounts of material to choose from in three categories viz roboticsthe creative lab and the fleet of devices cell phones. In the summer, the purchases were completed and now it’s time to think about training.

We were excited to see how an offering aimed at meeting the needs of so many professionals at the same time would evolve. For this first step, we relied on self-training and announced the widespread deployment of an “extensible training offering that will be improved over the months according to the needs of the environment”.

And this offer is now structured thanks to the work of partners RÉCIT and CADRE21.

Here are some examples:

Educational Robotics

Here you can also find some articles and resources from our partner Carrefour Education that cover robotics and programming.

Something to see :

creative lab

And we allow ourselves to add our article suggestions:

And our interview The success factors of a digital manufacturing workshop in school with Michel Choquette, one of the leaders of the creative workshop from Beaubois College.

Mobile device fleets

Here, too, we would like to add:

Outside of Quebec? Don’t worry, all these courses are offered openly and free of charge.

While the RÉCIT training courses relate more directly to the pedagogical use of the tools, those of CADRE21 rely more on pedagogical approaches. Here are some routes that will surely interest you:

  • Joint writing training
  • Graphic organizer training
  • Creative programming training
  • Flipped classroom training
  • Training in design thinking for education
  • Training for pedagogical differentiation
  • Gamification Training
  • Universal design for learning training
  • Feedback training for learners
  • Class management training

It is noted that Quebec school boards and private schools will soon receive an email with a direct access link allowing them free access to all CADRE21 training courses. Outside of Quebec? A fee-based registration is still possible.

It should of course be noted that it will also always be possible to get personal support through RÉCIT’s local or regional services.

Don’t miss these three pages of the RÉCIT that put in context the process of acquiring the three components of digital combos. There are also interesting testimonials from teachers.

Do you want to go further or do things differently?

The École branchée is also a partner in the training part of the PAN. Sign up for one of the CréaCamps, creative training days for teachers. Each offers a unique program and is a great way to enrich your professional learning network while experimenting with new ideas, techniques or teaching approaches in the company of peers and under the guidance of experienced facilitators.

Coming up: National Digital Days

Coming soon: more details on National Digital Dayswhich are also part of the measures of the digital action plan.

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