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Published April 25, 2019

Students in charge of a 3D printer as part of an interdisciplinary project in Natural Sciences

Martin Lepage Teacher, Collège Laflèche
Mylène Robitaille Teacher, Collège Laflèche

As part of an interdisciplinary learning activity, we decided to make our Natural Sciences students experience a true digital conception and manufacture project. The activity, spanning 2 semesters, involved experts outside of the domain of education whose interventions sought to stimulate the creativity of the students, all the while accentuating the realistic character of the project.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

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Published April 9, 2019

Using Geogebra within Moodle to Give Physics Students Instantaneous Feedback

Kevin Lenton Teacher, Vanier College

Traditionally, Physics students work with pencil and paper on Physics assessments. In recent semesters, I have been using GeoGebra and Moodle to provide opportunities for my students to interact with Physics-related content and get instantaneous feedback. These tools allow me to better monitor whether they have integrated the learning objectives of my classes and track the friction points, and has ultimately helped to improve their performance in my courses.

Physics

Real Life Stories

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Published March 18, 2019

Renewing the Quantitative Methods Course by Anchoring it in Real Life

Nadia Laflamme Teacher, Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

Since 2013, gradually, my colleagues Annie Turcotte and Steve Fortin, and I have reviewed in depth the way that we were giving the Quantitative Methods course. We now give the class in an ALC (active learning classroom), and engage in activities based on problem situations anchored in real life. For one activity, we collaborate with local community organizations: the students utilise their competencies to respond to the needs of those organizations.

Mathematics

Real Life Stories

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Published March 12, 2019

Managing Student Questions with the Piazza Q&A Platform

Gabriel Indurskis Teacher, Champlain College - Campus Saint-Lambert

As a busy teacher, I am always on the lookout for technologies that help me to most efficiently use my time. For the last 2 years I have adopted the Piazza.com Q&A platform to help me manage material-related student questions in all my CEGEP mathematics courses (Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics, etc.), rather than using e-mail or MIO. It helps me to avoid answering the same question over and over and empowers students to answer questions among themselves.

Mathematics

Real Life Stories

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Published February 19, 2019

The Pomodoro Technique

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

When presenting my course during the first class of the semester, I used to tell my students I would rigorously respect the start and end times of our classes while scheduling breaks in a more flexible manner depending on that week’s content and activities. I’d never questioned this practice until I was stuck in a rather tedious meeting without knowing how long it would go on for. Time seemed to take on another dimension in the absence of precise markers. Realizing my students might feel the same way, I decided to look for a more effective method to organize and manage time in my classes. I found this in the Pomodoro technique.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Francomane

Published February 18, 2019

My Use of Francomane — Remedial French as a Second Language Courses

Rana El Gharbie Teacher, Vanier College

As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for new resources for teaching French as a Second Language (FSL). While there are numerous textbooks, online resources are rare for students in remedial courses. You can then imagine my joy when I discovered Francomane last year. That website, fun and easy to use, is very popular with my students.

French (Second Language)

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