300 robots deployed in the schools of Québec

News 22 January, 2018
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    In British Columbia, a new technology has been created, including concepts of computer programming with robots for the students of primary and secondary school.

    Daphnée Dion-Viens

    Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

    Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

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    Quebec is a step closer for the introduction of robots in schools by launching a pilot project in computer programming, learned The Newspaper. By the end of the school year, 300 robots will be deployed in the thirty classes into the framework of the project Robot 360.

    An appeal will be officially launched today with teachers of late primary and early secondary) for the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches.

    Close to thirty will be selected to receive the spring two days of training at the University of Laval, which will be used to get acquainted with computer programming and robotics as learning tool.

    Each teacher will then be accompanied by an academic advisor, who will help to integrate the robots into the classroom.

    Everywhere in the province ?

    This formula, first tested on a small scale, could eventually be extended to the whole of the province, according to our information.

    The goal is to learn more about the most effective practices in order to “avoid the errors that occurred elsewhere” as in British Columbia, where the implementation was considered too fast by some, ” explains one.

    This pilot project is part of the work surrounding the action Plan for digital education, on which board is currently the ministry of Education.

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    Sébastien Proulx, Minister

    During the school year, the minister Sébastien Proulx had indeed stated to the Newspaper that the relevance of teaching the language of computers in class was no doubt for him.

    Not a single model

    “I’m looking for the best way, for the benefit of students, in the short term, there is programming and coding in their training. There are several options on the table, but we are working to ensure that there is no single model, ” he said.

    Computer programming is taught in more than a dozen european countries.

    In Canada, British Columbia and Nova Scotia will also teach to all their students.