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About the Author

Simon is a writer and editor at Profweb and teaches ESL at CEGEP Limoilou. Passionate about literature, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English Studies from Laval University. Driven by a desire to improve the learning experience for his students, his techno-pedagogical interests include active learning and gamification.

Digital Tools

Correctionsban

Published October 5, 2020

Using Macros to Make Correction Faster and Easier on Microsoft Word

Simon Côté-Massicotte Editor, Profweb

When it comes to correcting, the out-of-the-box options offered by Microsoft Word are interesting but extremely time consuming. Highlighting, commenting, or crossing out words all require multiple clicks and keystrokes, which can quickly become tiresome, especially when dealing with longer documents.

Multidisciplinary

Articles

Mindmeister

Published October 15, 2018

Sharing Content Efficiently with Mind Maps

Simon Côté-Massicotte Editor, Profweb

If you teach in the Québec college system, chances are that you work with Omnivox. While MIO and LÉA are excellent for communicating with students quickly and easily, they are sub-optimal when it comes to sharing large quantities material. Luckily for teachers, there are ways to work around Omnivox’ cumbersome system, for instance, with the use of mind maps. Mindmeister, a web-based mind mapping application, provides a user-friendly interface to create efficient and aesthetically pleasing mind maps to share an infinite quantity of pedagogical resources from one link.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Factile thumb

Published April 16, 2018

Using Factile to Make Engaging Review Sessions

Simon Côté-Massicotte Editor, Profweb

Keeping students focused and motivated is a constant challenge for teachers, especially in classes where a lot of the material has to be learnt by heart. An effective way to address that issue is to turn review sessions into games: the informal context allows students to relax and the friendly competition keeps them motivated. The web-based application, Factile, which I have used in my English for Adventure Tourism class, allows you to turn your classroom into the set of Jeopardy and make your review sessions efficient and entertaining.

English (Second Language)

Real Life Stories

Bad books podcasts

Published June 3, 2021

Bashing Trash in Class: A Bad Book Podcast Project

Simon Côté-Massicotte Editor, Profweb

To help counter the increased cognitive fatigue and isolation of my literature students during the pandemic, I wanted to create a collaborative project that would foster more casual interactions between my students. The result was a podcast project where my students had to read “bad” literature and criticize it with their co-hosts. In the end, they read garbage and had a good laugh, all while developing their critical thinking and reviewing literary theory.

English (Second Language)

Maths345x145

Published May 20, 2021

Subject-Specific Vté Labs: Innovative Practices in Mathematics

Simon Côté-Massicotte Editor, Profweb

On January 20, 2021, the Vté presented a webinar aimed at mathematics teachers. The 1-hour presentation showcased the project of Jean-Sébastien Turcotte and Philémon Turcotte, 2 mathematics teachers at Cégep Gérald-Godin, who created an online, open mathematics textbook in French hosted on Profweb. Their textbook, ALIR (Algèbre Linéaire: Intuition et Rigueur) was written entirely in PreTeXt, “An uncomplicated XML vocabulary for authors of research articles, textbooks, and monographs”.

Mathematics

Articles

Teamsban

Published December 4, 2020

Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Experience Teaching with Microsoft Teams

Simon Côté-Massicotte Editor, Profweb

However, for all its merits, Microsoft Teams is far from being the most intuitive teaching tool there is. Some basic functionalities are disabled by default and hidden in intricate menus, while others behave in strange and unexpected ways. To help flatten Teams’ relatively steep learning curve, here are some simple tips and tricks to improve your experience teaching with Teams.

Multidisciplinary

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