Interactive digital tables and giant and portable tablets ... so many digital tools available to help the pedagogical practices at the Saint-Gratien campus. These digital tools have experienced a strong development since the start of the 2017 school year. The reason? An ever increasing desire to offer learners innovative learning methods, in line with their specific needs, adapted to the increasing digitization of the hospitality industry. This article takes a quick tour of our equipment and its multiple uses …

    Interactive digital tables: for participative learning

    When entering class, Virginie KETTERING (trainer in catering and accommodation services), tries to connect her laptop to the screen in order to open Net-YPareo (the tracking portal used by the school, used to record the presence of students in their classes). When connected to this “base”, teachers can start their courses, previously recorded, thanks to the whiteboard equipped with a video projector and speakers. "I use this system more and more, on one hand to avoid photocopies, which ultimately do not favor the concentration or the memorization of the concepts discussed; On the other hand, for the course to be more interactive: the software installed on our PCs [Easy Interactive Tools], allows you to send in turn a learner to the board who can write, using an integrated function, the answers directly onto the board" explains our trainer, who uses more and more digital tools at her disposal: "This technology also allows me, from my computer, to project all kinds of documents (videos, photos, websites or course materials " she adds.

    Giant tablets: boosting technical platforms

    9am: it's time for Valérie BOURGEOIS (trainer in catering services) to begin her class: gathered around her in the dining room, the apprentice waiters attentively follow the briefing. Did this take place on a flipchart? No, on a giant tablet: "Whether for the mise en place of the carcass or for the presentation of the menu, all explanations are projected on the screen, saved on a USB key or stored on the hard drive", reports our teacher, pleased to have traded her roll paper paperboard for a giant tablet. 
    Samir BENYAZZA-JOUMARD, also a trainer in catering services, would not want to go back: "The screen is tactile and makes it easy to find a demonstration video on the Internet or photo of a dish". Passionate about digital tools, he adds: "The possibilities are enormous: at the luncheon organized for the benefit of Sidaction [October 5, 2017], the apprentices had filmed, with their tablet, the training of plates in the kitchen which was projected in time real on the giant screen in the room, in this way, customers could follow live the preparation of their dishes! ".

    Portable tablets: for a better appropriation of professional skills

    Anna, Saint-Gratien student, cannot live without her portable tablet: "At the beginning of the school year, the school lent us each a tablet, that we can keep during out training," she reports, "now we do everything with it: we take our courses, we send our homework by mail, through apps, we download quizzes or exam topics; we even have, with Mrs. GDANSKI, [kitchen trainer], makes an inventory for the grocery store". Learners are more involved in their training, but also have a better interaction with the company: “I sometimes take photos of what we do at FERRANDI Paris to show to my apprenticeship mentor ", continues Anna, "and conversely, I take pictures in company to show them to my trainers, it also helps me for my CPET [Conduct and Presentation of Technical Studies], so that my trainers better understand my activities in the workplace”.
    During the academic year, the development of innovative pedagogical practices has been gaining momentum, including the digital transition, which will continue at the beginning of the next school year with dematerialized learning and the development of the e-schoolbag for learners.