A little school on TV

Children will never have had such good reasons to watch television. While schools are not about to reopen and ÉcoleOuverte.ca is enjoying huge success, the Ministère de l’Éducation will arrive in a week with new “special containment” material broadcast on Télé-Québec.
Without counting that as of this Monday, April 6, personalized educational kits will reach families and that all students in Quebec will now be contacted “at least once a week.” And even more regularly for students with special needs ”, lists with pride the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge.

Three weeks after the closure of all schools in Quebec due to the coronavirus epidemic, Le Soleil chatted with Minister Roberge on Monday morning. It was the announcement of a new “fun and educational” program available from Monday, April 13, the day after Easter. On air at Télé-Québec or online at EnClasse.TeleQuebec.tv .

“We stay the course” on May 4

The partnership is costing the government $ 3 million and providing equipment “until the beginning of June,” says Roberge.

Sunday, Prime Minister François Legault extended the “break” of the Quebec economy at least until May 4. Last week, New Brunswick officially ended its 2019-2020 school year. Easy to believe that the same reopening date for Quebec schools in four weeks will also be postponed.

A step that Minister Roberge does not take, however. Not yet.

“We keep on course until 1 st of May, he said. If we look at Mr. Legault’s announcement to extend the break until May 1 inclusive, that corresponds to the scheduled return to class. I cannot say to be sure that we return to class on Monday, May 4, but I can tell you that it is not excluded. And in the meantime, we are putting everything in place so that the learning takes place at home.

“Our agreement with Télé-Québec for content goes beyond May 1, but it will not be lost. We can program it at any time. If we come back to class in May, we will be very happy and we will play this content over lunch time or from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., when the young people have come home and everyone can benefit from it. We can’t lose with this content. ”

Over 50 million clicks

Since it went online a week ago, the EcoleOuverte.ca site has been very popular . A first successful step so that young Quebecers do not stray too far from school and its contents, despite forced confinement.

“We had around 1.5 million unique visitors, especially from Quebec, but also from the Canadian Francophonie and even from Europe and Africa! We spent 50 million clicks in one week! ” exclaims Mr. Roberge, still surprised by such a success.

“It means that people liked and came back, that they didn’t just come out of curiosity. It’s a good sign. And I want to emphasize that this is a site made by experts from the department, our experts, public servants.

“Sometimes people talk about the great towers in Quebec, as if these people were not making their contribution. But look at what they were able to do in just a few days, “he argues, emphasizing the precious collaboration of researcher in digital education Thierry Karsenti, from the University of Montreal.

Featured animators

Starting next Monday, preschool, elementary and secondary school students should find their account at Télé-Québec “with well-known presenters loved by children and adolescents to keep them hooked,” said the Minister.

This will give two half hours of original material each day. In the morning, Anaïs Favron and Pascal Morrissette will receive real teachers in L’École à la maison to tackle the different primary subjects, then with Les Suppléants , Pier-Luc Funk and Catherine Brunet “will try to find the best new secondary substitutes who will help teens reclaim school subjects during the pandemic, “the statement said.

Without forgetting the actress Élodie Grenier, who will comfort toddlers three times a day with her character of Passe-Partout and her Sweet Moments .

Starting April 13, Monday to Friday, at Télé-Québec

7:29 am Sweet moments with Passe-Partout

8:54 am Sweet moments with Passe-Partout

10 a.m. (web) La Dictée dingue , given live by hosts of the program Cochon dingue

10:30 am School at home , with Anaïs Favron and Pascal Morrissette

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 100% Animal , Crazy Pig and Awesome!

3.30 p.m. Les Suppléants , with Pier-Luc Funk and Catherine Brunet

4 to 5 p.m. covers of Génial!

5:27 p.m. Sweet moments with Passe-Partout

(web) two new capsules per week from the Génial scientist ! , Martin Carli

(web) creative writing workshops with the slammer Élémo (Marc-Olivier Jean)

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