iC Education is a SPOC: Small Personal Online Course designed to help teachers to bring in the classroom researches supported results in all learning activities.
Pierre POULIN (@ppoulin) wears many hats --- he is an elementary school teacher of 30 years, iClasse® iC Education Founder & CEO, TEDx Speaker, TEDxEd & edcamp organizer, Contact Link for ApprentissÂge™ (Learn With Grandma where students are willing to assist elders with common technology) and finally sessional lecturer for teacher-training programs. With his students, Pierre published the 1st french podcasts on iTunes 13 years ago. He has been opened to change the classroom environment by getting rid of linear school text books & usual grid seating pattern since 2009. It is as early as 1999 in Toronto that Pierre has started to allow using any kind of educational technology or method to tap into the hidden strength that all students have and increase motivation and engagement. iClasse is now a rising buttom-up innovation offered across Canada and slowly influencing in other countries.
“The school system as we know it was designed for the industrial age purposes, aiming to produce workforce for assembly lines.” (Terras, 2010)
"iC Education is definitely a shift in the modern learning era. It's an opportunity not a threat." (Poulin, 2010)
Pierre Poulin, a grade 6 teacher in Québec and sessional lecturer in 4 universities, appreciates that technology allows him to bring out the best in all his students. For him, the classroom belongs to the student where he creates a warm and inviting environment. Technology has opened up new ways in which he can evaluate students and even reach ones that considered themselves to be failing. For example, a group of 5 boys built (a school) an iClassroom model in Minecraft (a computer game where you use blocks lego-style to build anything you can imagine of a virtual world). The students invited Mr. Poulin into the 3D world and showed him how they calculated measurements such as perimeter and how they measured volume in the indoor pool. In this way he could see/hear their thinking processes in ways that were inaccessible through more traditional methods.
Poulin’s students were the first one in Canada to post short French podcasts on iTunes in 2004. His students would write the text and he would give feedback. Students could choose to read it themselves or have someone else read it. The quality of French writing escalated when students knew they had a public audience anywhere in the world. The students came from many different countries and relatives who heard the podcasts reported back how proud they were of them.
So that your school in 2020 bears no resemblance to a school in…1920!
Our 11-12 year old students help adults use computers in school and get at ease with multimedia tools linked to the Internet. This has quickly became a way to increase social responsibility among students. It helps reach early adopters and increase people's interest towards the project inside the school.Learn & experience the What, Why and How of iC. This session illustrate how courageous elementary school teachers, searching to tap into the hidden strength of students, use any kind of mobile & Web 2.0 technologies to achieve it. In iC classroom, getting rid of linear school text books & usual grid seating pattern were a first of many innovating steps. iC is a button-up innovation. Come experience it at one of many conferences across America.