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The #Édubrèves – November 22, 2022 version

Here are your #Édubrèves. Feel free to share or write to me if you have any news.

In this issue: French teacher celebrations, free workshops for computer week, podcast suggestions to listen to, a report on justice in British Columbia, the continuation of Project Wow and whether time spent in front of the screen made it possible to socialize, and much more !

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Please note that the use of animated GIFs in this short message digest is for entertainment purposes only.


Let’s celebrate the French teachers

The Center de la francophonie des Amériques presents free activities on November 24, 2022 as part of the International Day of French Teachers. The program includes a conference by Dany Laferrière and two workshops by Tina Charlebois (Ontario, Canada) and Marc Beaudet (Quebec, Canada). There is still time to register.

In addition, on the occasion of the National French Week organized by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) from November 3 to 9, 2022, the center presented 20 workshops on writing poetry and slam. This week is an opportunity to remember the presence of French in the United States. 365 students from 17 American states and territories participated in these online and live workshops with one of the four artists from Quebec and Ontario; D-Track, Amélie Prévost, Mathieu Lippé and Yao.


And teachers of English as a second language

Teachers were honored at the 50th Congress of Teachers of English as a Second Language (SPEAQ) held in Lévis last week.

Congratulations to:

  • Christine Hosni (intensive ESL teacher at the Center de services scolaire des Miles-Îles) for the Teacher of Merit Award,
  • Dianne Elizabeth Stankiewicz (Pedagogical Advisor at the Service national du RÉCIT, Language Department) for the Keith Boeckner Award,
  • Stéphane Lacroix and Thierry Price (Professors at the University of Quebec at Abitibi-Témiscamingue) for the Board of Directors Award.

Free workshops as part of IT Week 2022

As part of the IT week (Computer Science Education Week) on December 5th, 6th and 7th the École branchée team will offer a series of free training activities focused on teaching coding, in person and virtually. Consult the schedule and registration links.


Suggested podcasts to listen to

Several podcasts have caught our attention over the past few weeks. Here is a selection:

When digital is indispensable in school (the Notif): One topic and 3 points of view.

Engagement at the heart of digital literacy (Les Ingenieux Pedagogiques): How do we engage our students in French online?

With Isabelle Hudon (Osons la suite): An episode about female leadership.

Pedagogical leadership (My #DPcontinue with CADRE21): Shared leadership in the school context and the challenges of digital inclusion.

At work! (Professional Development Service of Laval University): To debunk myths and answer questions and concerns related to the labor market.


Say goodbye to this TextBook Summit

Contributor Matt Miller’s traditional Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is back for the holidays. From December 12, 2022 to January 6, 2023, attendees will have access to a variety of free online links, activities and talks. A great way to get inspired. And we announce one of the interesting surprises for this year’s edition.


Education Experts Week

Education Professionals Week takes place from November 21st to 25th. The theme this year is: “In order for the student to take off, professional staff is essential.”

Professionals provide student support, educational or administrative support services.

Let’s use this week to show them appreciation.


Perspectives Jeunesse launches its sponsorship campaign

Perspectives Jeunesse has launched the 3rd edition of its sponsorship campaign, presented this year by Desjardins. This sponsorship campaign aims to raise $20,000 by December 4, 2022 to support young people in difficulty. The organization, which fights against school dropouts in Montreal, calls on the population and companies to donate on its crowdfunding platform “I encourage perseverance”. Since the beginning of the school year, 139 youth have benefited from individual mentoring at Perspectives Jeunesse’s 14 service points.

Every donation counts! Get involved in the Perspectives Jeunesse 2022 sponsorship campaign presented by Desjardins and encourage young people in difficulty to persevere. (CNW Group/Youth Perspectives)

screen time or disconnection. What is the problem ?

Many parents feel that their teens spend far too much time on smartphones, video games, and social media. Contrary to this assumption, researchers at Michigan State University have concluded that screen time is nothing to worry about. These researchers are more concerned about teenagers who are not online due to their limited access to the internet.

Learn more about research.


Frontier College announces its new name: Literacy Together

Frontier College, a pan-Canadian literacy charity, announced last week that it was changing its name to Literacy Together. This change ushers in the next chapter of the organization, which aims to provide access to literacy and numeracy learning for people of all ages, social and geographic backgrounds.

In Canada, it is estimated that more than a million children, or about one in eight children, have reading skills below the expected level for their age. Research also shows that children from socio-economically disadvantaged communities are nearly twice as likely to lag behind in developing their skills.


Equity Report of the Francophone School of British Columbia

The Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) Anti-Racism Task Force (GTAR) in British Columbia has just released its first report. Since September 2020, the GTAR, in close cooperation with its partners, has been helping to promote a more just and anti-racist francophone school board. One of the important recommendations of the report was the addition of a CSF anti-racism day, the first edition of which took place on November 14, 2022. This mandatory anti-racism working day is an important achievement for justice at the CSF.


The next midi inspiration from the Edteq Association

The Edteq association regularly invites people who are interested in digital topics at school to lunchtime conferences. The next two take place:

All inspirational midis can be viewed in a replay on the club’s YouTube channel.


The aftermath of Project WOW

We already told you about the Wow project, which aimed to bring together adult general education (FGA) stakeholders to discover digital tools and share learning. The project is ongoing and since last September the various interprofessional teams from the centers involved in the WOW project have been busy developing a class portrait tool. The elements of the class portrait are determined based on the 4 types of student portraits (personal, professional, technological and academic). The needs that arise become the source for realizing effective intervention opportunities in the target students.

Visit the Project WOW website for more information.

To learn more about portraits, visit the tutorial site or explore tool.


Launch of the Canadian Global Citizens Fund

EF Educational Travel (EF), a leader in the educational travel industry, announced last week the creation of the Canadian Global Citizens Fund and a $1 million investment to make educational travel more accessible for students across Canada.

Beginning this 2022-2023 school year and for a period of 4 years, the fund will support 500 students across the country who are in need of financial assistance and who have identified learning through travel as a priority. The fund will cover the majority of students’ travel expenses and allow them to experience the impact of educational travel on their lives.


AQUOPS recruits: Responsible for workshops and registrations

The Quebec Association of Users of Technological Tools for Pedagogical and Social Purposes (AQUOPS) is seeking a workshop and registration manager.


The effects of a prep sequence for students with LDs in math: An example of loudness and spatial awareness

Problem solving is a central part of the curricula of many countries. However, it has been observed to pose many challenges for students and especially for students with learning disabilities. Authors Mireille Saboya, Alexandre Ducharme-Rivard, Annie Beauchamp, and Lou-Anne Denis-Masson share their method to pursue the goal of helping struggling students solve problems in hopes of reducing their anxiety and increasing their problem-solving skills to develop, while expressing a thoughtful commitment.

Learn more.


Dyslexia – The Sondo repertoire is exported abroad

The Sondo repertoire, which enables dyslexic listeners to learn to read in French, is now available in Italian, Spanish, English and Native American languages. Experiments are underway in high schools in Rome and Madrid, and the publisher Mobidys has just set up shop in Montreal to distribute it and expand the catalogue.

It is estimated that 6-8% of the population is affected by dyslexia or DYS disorders. In addition, 15 to 20% of students have reading difficulties by the time they enter sixth grade.

Sondo’s books are available in FROG (FRee for cOGnition) format, which means they come with a comprehensive toolkit of reading aids to help people with learning disabilities (e.g. change font, syllable stress, audio support, definitions) .


The Unconference Event Playbook will be available soon.

Last spring, a collaboration between Concordia University’s Innovation Lab, the Museum of Civilization, and the Milieux Institute for Art, Culture, and Technology launched Unconference events (Edcamp-style) to facilitate learning at Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and Creative Labs held. Topics discussed included equity, diversity and inclusion, the maker movement in educational institutions and maker kits.

The official book summarizing the exchange and key findings will be available shortly. The bilingual podcasts produced in advance of the project are already available on the website. Stay tuned, a playbook launch event will be announced soon and we’ll be giving you access to it too.


Finally, the good news of the week.


If you want more, you can (re)watch last week’s #Édubrèves.

See you soon! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to “tag” us (in good French…) on Twitter (@millaudrey Where @riomarti) so we can talk about your project/resource in an upcoming weekly review! have a great week

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