110 bis: Leveraging Innovation at France’s Ministry for National Education

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Marie-Anne Lévêque, secrétaire générale des ministères de l’Éducation nationale et de l’Enseignement supérieur, et Somalina Pa, responsable du projet, lors de l'inauguration du 110bis.
Marie-Anne Lévêque, Secretary General for the Ministries for National Education and Higher Education, and 110 bis head, Somalina Pa, unveiling the new educational innovation lab. // ©  MEN
In June, the Minister for National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, unveiled a new educational innovation lab for ministry staff and educators at 110 bis rue de Grenelle in Paris. 110 bis head Somalina Pa and Marie-Anne Lévêque, Secretary General for the Ministries for National Education and Higher Education, take EducPros behind the scenes.

What was the motivation behind the creation of this space?

First of all, we wanted to bring innovative initiatives into the limelight in order to encourage ministry staff to share their own work. 110 bis was designed to boost innovation in all of its forms by pooling these projects together and assisting them with educational methodology. We provide the resources, skills and support needed to develop promising projects, such as an online middle-school enrollment initiative, a connected book bag and a tool designed to support the new 12-student classrooms.

In addition to publicizing innovation initiatives and linking them to the outside world, is the center designed to change the way that the ministries work?

The lab will allow us to develop new task forces comprised of staff from all the relevant ministry departments. They will be similar to the task forces that were created in preparation for the Baccalaureate degree and vocational education reforms. This method will enable us to react much faster. Each project will have a dedicated team that will have access to the most innovative working methods.

What is your road map for developing digital tools in schools and what message would you like to send to the EdTech industry?

The ministry will share the full road map in September. In addition to covering the educational uses of digital tools, it will strike a balance between protecting data and realizing the full potential of digital technology in the context of the GDPR regulations. The lab will contribute to these efforts, especially with regards to data visualization and data policy issues.

What lies in store for 110 bis?

We’ve received an overwhelming number of requests to schedule work sessions at the lab. Above all, we want to be able to host students and teachers and meet this demand while staying true to our original project philosophy. We don’t want to become completely focused on technology or digital tools. Our goal is to pursue innovation in the broader sense.

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