Using a smartphone, tablet, blog, social network, 3D printing or VR in school: a number of teachers have tested it. Their experiments are now more and more visible in France and the Ministry of Education would like to extend these exemplary practices to the whole school system.
The “Twictation” is almost an international star. It promotes the learning of spelling through a collaborative approach. The experiment was conducted for two years in the Freyming-Merlebach elementary school in the Nancy-Metz area. In terms of results, it has highlighted “visible improvements in the pupils’ spelling skills”. For the teachers, Twitter was “a great medium for sharing and implementing collaborative work”.
The initiative also won the special prize for innovation, awarded by the French Ministry of Education in 2016. This makes it even more visible, (even though it was already fairly high-profile). The Twictation has its own website, a Facebook page and, obviously, a very active Twitter account: @TwictéeOfficiel. It has more than 4,800 followers and has had 11,000 likes. After starting in the Moselle department, the Twittclass has brought many partner schools in its wake, all over the globe according to the map (see below) of the Twictation session that will last until 25th November.
Raising awareness of innovative educational practices
The success of the Twictation is certainly coveted by other teachers and schools, who have been implementing initiatives but in a less open way. But things are changing: alongside teachers’ blogs, there are more and more structures which intend to pool and share experience feedback. here are a few examples of the spread of digital-related innovative educational practices:
- The Eduscol website, with its “Teaching with new technologies” section and digital database for classes from year 4 to year 9,
- The IT and communication usage agency: carries out numerous educational experiments such as using Instagram in primary school; the benefits of 3D printing to design sustainable housing in junior school, and in senior school, the flipped classroom during a physics lesson.
- Collaborative writing to create an adventure novel with students of year 6 and 7 from all over South America is one of the achievements presented by the agency for teaching French abroad, in the educational resources section of its website.
- At undergraduate level, universities and Grandes écoles also start sharing. Using a website and making blogs of preparatory year students available to people from outside Télécom Paris-Tech is implemented in the university’s “correct educational practices” platform. A VR teaching device is also featured on the homepage.
- French websites such as Educavox, Ludovia, Le Café pédagogique, vousnousils, Education et Numérique, Outils Tice constantly work and share on innovation in education, and also suggest tools.
Information is increasingly broadcasted but teachers still have to dive into the bottomless pit that is the web. And it takes time to monitor information to find experiences they could try.
Promoting exchanges on innovative practices: the ambition of the Ministry
Highlighting and pooling research and initiatives in the field is the aim of the Ministry’s Innovation Day. For 2017, the call for projects for the Innovation Prize has been launched. “Digital is a cross-disciplinary sector and will be highlighted in applicants’ initiatives”, says the Ministry. Ideas such as the Twictation will likely be mentioned on 29th March 2017. This day is a way for professionals in the educational sector to use it to officially promote their initiatives.
In its last report “For an innovative school”, the national council of innovation for educational success insisted on the need to collaborate, to widely share knowledge and experience at all levels, in schools and at regional and national level.
Econocom at the Educatec-Educatice exhibition, stand F21 - Pavillon 7.1
From 16th to 18th November, the Educatec-Educatice exhibition will be another opportunity for Econocom to highlight its expertise and knowledge in providing innovative solutions that are adapted to the issues teachers, schools, and territorial authorities face to implement digital in school.
Every day on its stand, Econocom will offer, alongside Microsoft and Intel, working groups, demos and presentations of examples of digital use in classrooms.
Please note, on Thursday 17th at 2p.m. (room 2): the conference “Digital plan for educations, innovations, experience feedback and future steps”, co-organised by Microsoft, Intel and Econocom.