Digital teaching: Three innovations implemented in institutions

Digital technology did not wait for the health crisis and distance learning to enter educational institutions. But homeschooling has meant that the question of the pedagogical use of digital tools extends beyond the circle of teachers who are already accustomed to digital technology. The “innovative” character alone is not enough; the tool must also meet a need in the classroom and be able to be adapted, adapted and “tinkered with” by the teacher who is preparing his lesson. Because “Without educational innovation there is no digital innovation,” recalls Pascal Plantard, anthropologist who specializes in the use of digital technology in education at the University of Rennes-II. Working tools often go hand in hand with active and cooperative teaching with students. »

Educational robots

The innovations that have found their way into many small children's classrooms in the last ten years include the learning robots Bee-bot and Blue-bot.. While their use has increased since 2016 and the introduction of an introduction to “programming” in the second cycle school programs, since the beginning of the 2020 school year these have been used from kindergarten to CE2 in the departments of Aisne and Val-d'Oise as part of the Experiments Educational Digital Territories, launched after the health crisis.

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The two tools are in the shape of a bee, whose movement on the ground can be programmed by the students either for the youngest using the directional buttons on their shell or for the older ones using a “programming bar” or a connected tablet. Enough to learn to find your way in space in a playful way, but also to “code” a movement and develop the idea of ​​an algorithm.

EduGeo is revolutionizing geography teaching

EduGéo is (along with ArcGIS) one of the two main geographic information systems (GIS) used in cartography education. Developed in 2010 by the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in collaboration with the national education system, it provides access to geographical maps, spatial and aerial images, photos, statistics and historical maps.

“This tool has completely changed the way I teach geography. comments Olivier Pingal, professor of history and geography in Suresnes and expert in educational applications in the Ministry's Digital Education Directorate. I ask students to take a city map from 1960, circle the building, and then overlay the same city map from today; They visualize at a glance and in an almost playful way what “peri-urbanization” means. The same goes for “coastal retreat,” “low-density spaces,” etc. » The tool also offers the opportunity to work on interactive maps, but also on numerous databases and statistics, as part of media and information education.

Fab Labs in middle and high schools

What are the Louise-Michel College in Clichy-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), the Henri-Loritz high schools in Nancy and the Jean-Mermoz high schools in Béziers (Hérault) as well as the Paul Valéry school campus in Paris? have in common? (12e)? Led by tech-savvy teachers and with the support of the national education system, these institutions have opened Fab Labs in recent years. In these third places created in the buildings themselves, computers and graphics tablets stand next to robots, laser cutters and 3D printers.

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For example, at the Paul Valéry school campus in Paris, where around 150 students have come to the Fab Lab every week in their free time since 2017 to understand what a computer program or an algorithm is, artificial intelligence, coding an application, etc Building and programming robots etc. “The place serves as a contact point for volunteer students who want to acquire or strengthen their digital culture or their understanding of computer science for their enjoyment or to continue their studies,” summarizes Stéphane Pamphile, teacher and co-founder of the Fab Lab. Enough to create careers in scientific fields, especially among girls.

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This article was produced in partnership with In-FINE, the International Digital Forum for Education.

Two days full of debates

In Fine, the international forum for digital education, offers two days of debates on June 3 and 4, concluding the cycle that began on March 11 with 70 debates led by more than 270 speakers. The Word is accessible online on the platform and is assigned to teachers, trainers, researchers, communities, etc. In Fine, organized by around ten national or territorial public actors, has offered several highlights in particular, including The world is a partner on the topics of “digital education”, “transforming educational practices” and “supporting learning paths”.

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