“Traditional systems of learning should be converted into digital learning so that concepts can be taught to learners in a fun and engaging way.” – India
As a Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Teachers Leadership Award winner in 2010 (content category), Himanshu Shekhar knows that technology can transform education in his native India. Shakhar has devoted his career to implementing ICT in teaching, and believes that only through technology will education meetthe needs of 21st century students. Here, Shekhar shares his thoughts on why technology is so critical to the evolution of education.
Why is education important to you?
It is my passion.
Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?
My college teacher Dr.H.C.Verma influenced me.
Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.
When I won the Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards (ITLA) 2010, became the country winner and represented India at the WWIEF 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
What is your proudest professional achievement?
Becoming a national winner representing India in Cape Town. I was also selected as a national jury member by NCERT (National Council for Education Research and Training) in the Jawaharlal Nehru Science exhibition.
How can other educators facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned?
They should develop a positive approach towards ICT use in the classroom and then embrace technology.
If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education, what would it be?
Traditional systems of learning should be converted into digital learning so that the concepts can be taught to learners in a fun and engaging way.
What is the best opportunity for innovation in education?
The best opportunity is using technology as an important catalyst in the innovations introduced at school. It has decreased the “Chalk Talk” way of delivering lessons.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference in education)?
I would advise him/her that today technology is mandatory in our life and it should be incorporated in the regular teaching learning process.
What is your greatest hope for the future of education in your country?
I want to make my country a “hub of global education” by means of ICT.
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About Himanshu Shekhar, Science Teacher
Birthplace: Saharsha-Bihar, India
Current residence: Patna, India
Education: PG-Math, Specialized in Operational Research, LLB, M.A. in Education, Pursuing Ph.D.
Websites I check every day: http://www.meritnation.com/, Partners in Learning, http://uk.gov.in/.
Person who inspires me most: Former President APJ Kalam because always
inspired children to be innovative and original.
Favorite childhood memory: Participating at my school science exhibitions during my school days
Favorite book: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking