For many students, the use of PowerPoint or projectors in their schools is par for the course. But in Vijay Gupta’s school district in Punjab – which straddles the border between India and Pakistan – they are largely unheard of, and immensely interesting. So when Gupta’s students were struggling to understand nouns, he decided to make a PowerPoint slide titled, ‘Parts of speech.’ It worked. In fact, it worked so well, his school started to see the absenteeism rate go down. His project was ultimately shown to neighboring schools – approximately 3000 students and 150 staff members. His lessons were recorded and CDs were distributed for students’ to use at home. “A lot of my students don’t have computers at home, but they do have CD players,” says Gupta. His determination earned him the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Leadership Award 2010. Perhaps a recent quote on Gupta’s blog sums up his philosophy on education his students: “Life is an echo; all comes back, the good, the bad, the false and the true… So give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you. – unknown”
Why is education important to you?
Education is important to me because through this, I can serve my nation in a better way.
Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?
Mrs. Usha Sidana in D.A.V. College of Education, Abohar (Punjab)
Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.
The most inspiring day was when for the first time I started teaching my students
with ICT enabled techniques.
What is your proudest professional achievement (briefly describe the work you are most recognized for)?
Winning Innovative Teachers’ Leadership Awards (ITLA) 2008-09 and representing India as a county winner at Innovative Education Forum in Salvador, Brazil for my Project ‘Parts of Speech’.
How can other educators facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned?
Through sharing and exchanging our ideas on the web.
If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education, what would it be?
It would be to implement Microsoft’s tools and software in the schools for paperless and stress-less study.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference
I would motivate and inspire them to use ICT in their classrooms.
What is your greatest hope for the future of education (in your country)?
The day will surely come when my country will lead the whole world in the field of ICT.
More information on Vijay Gupta
Join the Partners in Learning Network and experience global collaboration!
Innovate in the classroom, help your students build the skills they need for the future—such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity—with Partners in Learning.
You’ll meet other innovative teachers for collaboration opportunities, get access to free teacher resources, and learn about great ways to improve your personal teaching practice using technology.
Embraced by the theme ‘Your Ideas Matter’ the Partners in Learning Network is a community for you, by you, and further amplifies the great work that is being done every day by teachers and schools around the world. With this idea in mind, we invite you to try out this global online resource and community designed to encourage collaboration and the spread of ideas for the betterment of education worldwide.
The new Partners in Learning Network is the next generation of the global network
serving educators and school leaders in over 115 countries. To facilitate a truly global community of innovative educators, the site is now available in 36 different languages, thanks to the use of Microsoft Translator Services.
Sign in, create an account and start connecting with thousands of educators worldwide here.
About Vijay Gupta
Social Studies and English teacher at the Government High School, Ferozepur, Punjab – India
Education: Masters in Art (M.A.), Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) M.Phil
Websites I check every day: www.in.partnersinlearningnetwork.com, www.authorstream.com, www.thinkquest.org, www.ssapunjab.org, www.ajitjalandhar.com
Person who inspires me most: My Mother
Favorite childhood memory: I made a Radio on a wooden board during my school days
Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Japan
Favorite book: The Ramayana