Boulogne-Billancourt, connected city, implements a new digital workspace in all public schools

ENT, an integrated set of digital services, a place of exchange and collaboration, constitutes in a way the digital extension of the establishment without replacing traditional teaching methods. It is a “plus” that can be used according to the various educational projects and age groups.

Twenty-seven elementary schools are concerned, i.e. almost 6,600 pupils (approx. 2,600 in kindergartens and more than 4,000 in primary schools), their families and the entire educational community. This educational and organizational contribution is part of the continuity of the digital plan for schools implemented by the city from 2017 to 2019. It should be remembered that for a cost of more than 2 million euros, the city of Boulogne-Billancourt had already equipped all primary classes and large kindergarten departments with digital tiles, PCs and tablets.

The establishment of ENT at the municipal level (already existing at the departmental level for high schools, and the region for high schools) has since February mobilized the relevant services from the National Education, inspection, advisor education department, those of the city, departments of Education, Computer Systems, in order to offer families and the education community this new interactive portal. It was presented by video conference to school leaders on Wednesday 19 June in the presence of the national education inspector and software developers in particular.

Establishment

The digital platform is put into use from the start of the school year and will gradually come into operation according to the rhythm chosen by the schools. As with any news, a more or less long adjustment period is inevitable, even recommended. The city has chosen (costs of more than 18,400 euros including tax this year) the most complete formula with 1,500 digital resources of various kinds (digital dictionaries, digital books, games, learning foreign languages, etc.). The publisher of ENT, the company Beneylu School, is a reference in its sector. The content present in this “digital classroom” and its operation is monitored and targeted by the Ministry of National Education via the workspace master plan.

The rule of the game

The digital space is a new tool. The choice to use it or not, to favor certain features over others, is for example up to the institution directors and teaching staff.

At the start of the school year, parents and students will receive documentation and presentation kits to understand how ENT works and its usefulness.

From a pedagogical point of view, the tool completes or extends the traditional lessons, which of course continue. Like the traditional means of communication, in particular correspondence books.

A diverse and scalable offer

The digital workspace functions as a toolbox from which the teacher will draw for his educational opportunities. There you can e.g. find a digital textbook that provides children with all the useful information (homework reminders, research guides, etc.); a workshop area, a shared calendar, a class blog (moderated by the teacher), a media library, etc.

Parent room and messages

A “parent room” can be created at class or institution level. A private messaging system will allow you to exchange with the teachers without, of course, the other parents or the children being able to access it.

Ultra secure portal

Parents and children will receive an identifier and an initial password that they will be asked to customize to enter the ENT. Each child gets their own personal digital profile. The different sectors of this space are actually very divided. Parents and students will be encouraged to sign a charter of use before entering the ENT. The digital workspace will be accessible from any device connected to the Internet, computer, tablet or phone.

A simplified digital room tested in 5 holiday homes

To meet the growing demand from families, the council is also preparing to launch a trial of digital spaces in five Wednesday and holiday leisure homes, also known as ALSH (leisure reception without accommodation). This will be an extension of the service established in schools with national education, but in a simplified form. The tested formula will be more like a kind of information blog for young people and families with continuous publication of activity programs, reminders, photo articles on Wednesdays, the lunch break and evening activities. Families or children already registered in the school’s digital space will be able to access them with the same profiles. The municipality and the Youth Department welcome nearly 7,000 children every day during the lunch breaks and around 2,900 children are present in after-school homes on Wednesdays. A first evaluation, at the end of this test phase, will determine whether these digital spaces can be implemented in the 31 Boulogne-Billancourt leisure centers for the All Saints holiday.

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