Arundhoti Roy Choudhury teaches in a school where few children have access to computers at home, but that challenge hasn’t prevented her from inspiring in her students a love of learning, using technology as the tool. Choudhury is proud that her students put in extra hours to complete their assignments, volunteered to help others complete their assignments and were generally more enthusiastic about learning. She notes, “When I couldn’t give them a chance to work on computers, they drew a rectangle in the note book as the desk top and went on [with their work].” Choudhury has been widely recognized for her work as a teacher, and she believes that true peace will come only through the use of technology. We asked her recently to share her thoughts on education.
Why is education important to you?
Through education, we become more humane.
Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?
My Class Teacher when I was in Grade 5 – Mrs. Uma Sahani. Her personality, appeal,
teaching – nothing could I forget.
Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.
It was the day when I was confident that I could manage working on the computers
and teach my students too.
If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education,
what would it be?
What is the best opportunity for innovation in education?
Working on computers and the Internet.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make
a difference in education)?
Think, rethink and work to utilize the era of information.
What is your greatest hope for the future of education (in your country)?
We need to admit that in this age of information, technology is the administrator.
I hope educators will understand this very soon and use technology to have a peaceful world.
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About Arundhoti Roy Choudhury
Arundhoti Roy Choudhury has been awarded the highest honors for teachers in India, including recognition from India’s president and most recently, as regional winner of ITLA. Choudhury is active in Intel’s 10 Million Teachers program and is involved in teacher training. She is an advocate for technology’s role in creating a peaceful society and is active in HIV/AIDs advocacy.
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Current residence: Kolkata, India
Education: M.A, B.Ed ,Women & Legal Literacy, Portuguese Language and Culture, International Relations for Human Unity
Websites I check every day: Partners in Learning, www.thinkquest.org/en/
Person who inspires me most: My mother and my principals
Favorite childhood memory: Weekends with my father
Next travel destination (work or pleasure): UK, USA, Bangladesh for both work and pleasure
Favorite books: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey , Gospel of Ramakrishna