Conseil supérieur de l'éducation
 
Education and NEW TECHNOLOGIES

"New technologies, multimedia, the Internet and networking are significantly revitalizing teaching methods and learning tools. However, it takes more to teach and learn differently than simply buying computers and "hooking up" schools, colleges, universities, and vocational/adult education centres." These were Conseil supérieur de l'éducation President Céline Saint-Pierre’s words in presenting the 1999-2000 annual report on the state and needs of education, Éducation et nouvelles technologies. Pour une intégration réussie dans l’enseignement et l’apprentissage [Education and new technologies. Successfully integrating technology with teaching and learning]. The report was tabled in the National Assembly and released publicly on December 7, at the École des Grandes-Marées, in Cap-Rouge.

In it, the Conseil reiterates that implementing new technologies in the field of education is not an end in itself. It must help achieve educational objectives specific to each level of education, promote increased academic success and develop the capacity for lifelong learning.

The Conseil urges the Minister and the education community always to keep sight of the fact that the integration of new technologies must occur in conjunction with programs of studies, correspond to an educational project and undergo evaluation.

 

Clear directions

The Conseil supérieur de l'éducation feels that there is an urgent need for Québec to adopt an official public policy on the integration of new technologies into education in order to clearly define the related directions and expectations. It recommends the creation of a body to advise the Minister on the implementation of technologies throughout the education system.

 

High-quality content

The Conseil also recommends that high-quality multimedia content be developed for elementary/ secondary and higher education programs. These products, produced in partnerships between education institutions and the private sector, should be available at competitive prices in Québec and could be marketed internationally.

 

Adapted training

The Conseil supérieur de l'éducation points out the importance of initial and ongoing teacher training at all levels of education. In its view, this does not entail making all teachers computer experts, but rather providing them with training that will enable them to integrate technologies into their teaching and into student learning.

The Conseil encourages the universities to increase their requirements for Faculty of Education professors so that they become models for their profession. Educational institutions, for their part, are encouraged to support their staff’s training and professional development efforts and endorse innovative projects for integrating technologies into teaching, learning and the development of virtual communities.

 

Overview

The Conseil supérieur de l'éducation, which has now devoted its second annual report in six years to this issue, notes that considerable effort has been made to promote the use of new technologies in teaching, particularly in terms of accessibility to computer hardware. Québec’s progress seems to lag a bit behind the rest of North America’s. Compared to Europe and other French-speaking nations, however, it ranks more favourably, a fact which might enable it to play a leading role in the integration of technologies into teaching practices in the field of on-line training.

The 180-page report contains numerous examples of innovative projects involving integrating new technologies into teaching and learning, from elementary school to university.


Panorama • Volume 6, Number 1 • February 2001

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