The Rune team is surprised that digital is already being developed in primary school, through interactive whiteboards and joint exercises.
A group of parents of RUNE students welcomed on Monday that the Grand Council’s Petitions Commission had agreed to send its petitions to the Council of State. a text called for a moratorium on training according to digital at primary level and 14 yes (1 EAG, 3 S, 2 Ve, 1 PDC, 4 PLR, 1 UDC, 2 MCG) and 1 no (PDC). The three Socialists therefore put a handbrake on their own judge, who was in charge of public education, Anne Emery-Torracint.
According to Anne-Marie Cruz, a member of this unrepresentative team, digital technology is already creeping into the classroom, “without any prior information.” In every new building, the classrooms must be equipped with an interactive whiteboard, which is a must. “It seems to us that this tool is being used without any justification,” he criticizes. And another member, Aurore Kiss, adds, through “regulations adopted by the Council of State itself, that is, without discussion in parliament.” However, according to an article published in the long-running Revue magazine, the interactive whiteboard (IWB) “is not recommended:” Digital technologies need to provide more collaborative learning, especially by sharing their screen with the classroom. However, the TBI gives the teacher even more power, “says Christophe Cattin, president of the Digital Commission of the Intercantonal Public Teaching Conference.” This support would be installed “in the good will of the communities in the old schools, according to their budget,” notes Aurore Kiss. So what about equal treatment?
Another cause for concern: the appearance of online homework, external closures. “From the beginning of the school year, my 4P daughter started doing homework online,” says Laetitia Métivier, a mother in Carouge. What purpose? I do not know. I just see that with spell checking, you don’t have to worry about correct spelling. And that we had to integrate a new screen at home: a computer that hadn’t been claimed before. Now my 5-year-old boy wants to watch his sister while she does her homework, which never happened when it was paperwork. “
Doing homework on a computer is, in fact, “at odds with the line set by the Department of Public Education (DIP) for compulsory schooling in general – and a fortiori for the primary cycle,” said Pierre-Antoine Preti, a DIP spokesman. These would be exceptions if there were many: “The health crisis and the closure of schools may have exceptionally disrupted some practices, but the use of distance learning as a general practice is no longer relevant today,” he said.
As far as digital education in general is concerned, for the elementary cycle “it will consist of an infinitesimal introduction of technology in 3P-4P (a total of 10 teaching hours), then in the gradual use of more developed tools, in line with the so-called pupils ’cognitive abilities’, Pierre-Antoine Preti explains.
Accuracy: In this article from the Tribune de Genève last Tuesday, October 19, entitled “Parents Condemn Homework Online,” I am honored by a quote that is, unfortunately, very far removed from its context and intent. This quote suggests that I am against the use of interactive whiteboards (IWBs). The IWB is a digital tool like any other in an educational context. Used properly, it brings significant added value to the teaching of multiple disciplines. However, it requires – like all digital tools – very specific know-how and methodology from the teaching staff. It is therefore important that teachers can be trained in the use of new technologies.
As chair of the Digital Education Commission of the Inter-Cantonal Public Education Conference (CONUM), I consider it urgent and important that schools secure the means to teach digital technologies. He must make known, understand and give the students the keys to acting in an interconnected world without being subject to it. This requires the use and control of new tools. It also requires a lot of effort in teacher training, but in no case will the school be able to fulfill its mission by ignoring the technologies and ways of communication that are multiplying in the society around it.
Christophe Cattin, Chairman of the Romandie Commission for Digital Education
Sophie Simon is a journalist of the Geneva section since 2011. She works mainly in the field of education, healthcare, tourism and politics. It also includes reports from the Court of Auditors and judgments of the Federal Court. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from CELSA (Sorbonne).