Innovation is a big part of the daily life of students in the Voie d’Avenir program at Collège Saint-Bernard in Drummondville. Once again, they were the first by experimenting with Mindstack.io – a brand new online platform for group work – in schools. Already implemented in various companies, Mindstack.io aims to solve, as a team, a problem encountered, through an innovative cooperative process.
The first testing of the platform in schools was made possible thanks to the audacity of a passionate teacher, Catherine Michaud, and thanks to the openness of her management. At the Collège, trying new pedagogical approaches is valued. The whole team wishes to adequately prepare students to develop useful skills in their future, especially considering that many will be called upon to work in trades that do not yet exist today.
The Voie d’avenir program was designed to provide personalized training to every student for whom traditional instruction does not allow them to develop their full potential. As soon as she heard about this platform, one of the teachers of this program, Mrs. Michaud, immediately saw several possible contexts for Mindstack’s experimentation:
“My students are used to trying new technologies. They were happy to be among the first users of the platform and to be able to give their comments to contribute to its development.”
Mindstack.io was first used in mathematics, to solve a complex problem, in small teams.
Then, the platform was used to conduct, in teams, a science exam, which consisted of collectively solving a crime scene.
The originality of the experimental contexts testifies to the teacher’s creativity, although Mindstack.io can easily be used in more traditional contexts where students are called upon to carry out, as a team, a case study or answer a complex open question.
“What I like about the platform is that I can access the whole reflective process of each of my students in a teamwork environment. I can follow the evolution of the thoughts that led to the final answer. From an educational point of view, the traces left by Mindstack.io allow me to understand my students and to accompany them even better.”
Catherine Michaud, teacher in the Voie d’avenir program at Collège Saint-Bernard.
When the co-founders of Mindstack.io, Andréanne DuBois and Mathieu Gauthier went to meet the first users of the platform in this school, they were delighted to see the contagious enthusiasm of the students.
Here are, in bulk, some comments from the students gathered at this meeting:
“I enjoyed being part of a team, even though I couldn’t choose who I would work with. We wanted to find the best answer together.”
“What’s fun about the platform is that you see your teammates’ answers without knowing who wrote them. You can’t be influenced by your friends. You give your opinion based on what’s there, not who said it.”
“It was really fun. Everything was clear and easy to use.”
“I felt responsible for giving an answer because my teammates were counting on me.”
“Il suffirait d’améliorer la notion de temps – car ici, au Collège, on gère nos propres horaires. Alors, on aimerait avoir plus de souplesse dans le gestion des délais.”
The valuable comments obtained will help to improve the platform and contribute to its development. Already, its current version has many advantages and would benefit from wider use. Michaud’s students will always remain the first users of Mindstack.io in schools, but all indications are that they will soon be followed by many other students at all levels of education to help them learn better together.
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After all, many heads are better than one! To solve, in team, online, a problem allows to develop competences which will certainly be useful for all life… especially to adapt to the accelerated rhythms of the current social changes!
A big thanks to the students of the Voie d’avenir program at Collège Saint-Bernard in Drummondville, and to their teacher Catherine Michaud and their principal.