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Published January 29, 2019

Understanding Difficulties Experienced by Students with Learning Disabilities: A Photovoice Initiative

Neerusha Baurhoo Teacher

As CEGEP instructors, we are mandated to create an inclusive classroom environment that could support the engagement and academic achievement of our diverse learners. However, constructing an inclusive classroom to reach all students – especially those with learning disabilities (LD) is challenging.

Biology

Real Life Stories

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Published January 28, 2019

3D-print Technology for Smartphone-based Physics Experiments

Chris Isaac Larnder Teacher, Cégep John Abbott College

I’m not that great at building things, which, I guess, is why I ended up being a physicist and not an engineer. As previously reported on Profweb, I have been running accelerometer experiments with smartphones to help my students learn physics concepts through digital-era equivalents of “real world” examples. With the help of students, we developed 3D-printed equipment to make these experiments more accessible to our growing network of teachers outside of our college.

Physics

Real Life Stories

Schema

Published January 21, 2019

Using Concept Maps to Promote Deeper Learning of Grammar

Susan Drolet Teacher, Cégep Garneau

I've never liked flow charts and mind maps. They're supposed to simplify things (I think) but I find them confusing. So when I took a Performa course by Christian Barrette, an expert in concept maps, I was really stepping out of my comfort zone. But that's when I learned that while a concept map resembles a mind map, it's much different. During the course, I had to develop concept maps I could use with my students and I became so enamoured with their potential to help students learn, that they became the subject of my master's research paper. I've since used them regularly in class and the results have been quite positive.

Languages and Literature

Articles

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Published February 13, 2019

Engagement, SEL and Positive Behaviours: A Conversation with Classcraft CEO Shawn Young

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

Classcraft is a Quest-based system that promotes student engagement and positive behaviours by gamifying the classroom. The Quebec-based company has been moving from strength to strength and garnering awards since Profweb first reported on their platform in 2015. In January 2019 I travelled to Sherbrooke to interview Classcraft co-founder and CEO Shawn Young in order to learn more about a number of new features added to the Classcraft ecosystem in 2018, like their EMS analytics, the Quests Marketplace and a recent mobile app update.

Multidisciplinary

Articles

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Published February 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea with Seniors: A Model of Community Engagement Teaching

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

This community engaged teaching activity, funded by the Entente Canada-Québec relative à l’enseignement dans la langue de la minorité et à l’enseignement des langues secondes provided students learning English as a second language (ESL) the opportunity to interact with native speakers while integrating meaningful community service and the use of technology to collaborate at a distance. Students and teachers from 4 colleges collaborated around shared goals. The teachers developed projects that would allow the students to apply course content to real world contexts in their community.

English (Second Language)

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How to

Published September 3, 2018

Active Learning

Jean Desjardins Learning Technology Advisor, Collège Sainte-Anne
Isabelle Senécal Director of Teaching, of Pedagogical Innovation and of International Development, Collège Sainte-Anne

The active learning methods have in common of placing the students in the middle of the learning process. Their teachers can then also think about giving them a role in the planning of the evaluation. Active learning is inspired by real-life contexts that are meaningful for the students, which can increase their level of motivation for the tasks that are suggested to them. It encourages durable learnings rather than using only their short-term memory.

Multidisciplinary

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Published August 5, 2018

Entrepreneurial Pedagogy: an Approach for the Development of Transversal Competencies

Mélissa Philippe Project Manager, PEEC

The objective of this report is to provide educational stakeholders, teachers and decision makers, at the college level, a guide to help promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among their students. It offers educational tools for a teaching approach to implement entrepreneurial activities and offers digital tools to enhance teaching practices.

Multidisciplinary

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Gestion de classe en 3

Published May 16, 2018

Classroom Management in the Digital Era (Part 3): Student Engagement Strategies

Jean-Luc Trussart Educational Advisor, Cégep régional de Lanaudière - L'Assomption
Andréanne Turgeon Editor, Profweb

This 3rd part of the featured report will offer you strategies to explore in order to help support student engagement. Each strategy will be illustrated with concrete practices from college teachers who use digital tools to bolster their approach.

Multidisciplinary