1 December 2023

This Friday, March 17, at 110, rue de Grenelle, three teachers from the Rennes academy are presenting their software for learning to read, called “Ridisi”. This tool, designed during confinement at the Suzanne-Lacore school in Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande (Ille-et-Vilaine), allows the teacher to edit a differentiated reading sheet for each child – the characteristics of each are recorded in the database. It is one of the 480 projects already validated by the National Council for Refoundation (CNR) for education, for a total cost of 4 million euros – out of the 150 million educational innovation funds available over the year ( 500 million over the five-year period). The Ridisi software obtained funding of 105,000 euros, including 98,000 euros for the development of the tool.

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“For this student, who is dyslexic, I type my text, and the syllables appear larger, and in colordescribes Nicolas Le Doussal, teacher in CP, by playing his mouse on the screen. For this one, who still has decoding difficulties, we have the pictograms above the sounds to help him. » The software then edits a file in PDF format with the child’s name on the header. “In the morning, we print everything when we arriveconcludes Nicolas Le Doussal, not without pride. It is a valuable aid in differentiation. »

If sixteen projects were presented on Friday, several thousand schools and establishments have already responded to the call for projects launched in the fall of 2022.

“Register for the long term”

The “education” version of the CNR wanted by Emmanuel Macron promised to start from field projects to encourage teachers to innovate. A “Copernican Revolution”, as the National Education likes to repeat, a house rather known for its verticality. At this stage, 2,669 projects have been submitted, even if this figure “constantly evolving”told journalists Edouard Geffray, the director general of school education. “60 million euros will be committed very quickly for the approximately 3,000 projects submitted” which are in the process of being validated, he adds.

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Who are the teachers who applied for funding? “There is no sociology of CNR education, present in both urban and rural areas”insists Edouard Geffray, who recalls that about 22% of the initiatives selected come from priority education, while they represent 20% of schools in France – priority education having the reputation of having more ready the “project culture” than conventional schools. Several of the projects presented on Friday related to learning, and in particular to reading. Others have chosen to tackle the question of the school climate or guidance, and still others wish to develop pupils’ taste for the environment.

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