“The biggest challenge is parents believing in the school’s vision of digital transformation.” – Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon, India
Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon
Kamla Nehru Public School
It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road to 1:1 was anything but easy. And the main reason was the hesitancy on the part of parents.
“Regular meetings had been held with the parents regarding digital transformation in the school,” shares Dhillon, a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert and Trainer. “The staff and the students were ready to embrace the digital change. However, parents were not convinced of the same. Still, after long hours of discussion and deliberations, the school adopted the policy of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). The learners now bring their own devices, to learn through the digital platform. It can be clearly stated that change is challenging and wrought with obstacles. However, if one is determined to bring the change, nothing is impossible.”
Dhillon and her students have embraced change whole-heartedly, and the transition has been immense for Dhillon’s personal growth.
“The moment which defined me as an educator was when Ashish, the student ambassador at our school, came running to my office,” shares Dhillon. “He was overjoyed to share that his security code (which he programmed) was under testing in 17 countries. As an MIE Expert, it was a wow moment for me,” she shares. “It was clear that as an MIE Expert and Trainer, I could inspire Ashish. The impact is far-reaching. When Ashish was honored in the assembly with a purple cloak and goodies sent by Microsoft, at least 15 students came forward to express their desire to become a student ambassador with Microsoft.”
You can connect with Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon at her Microsoft Educator Profile.
About Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon
- Educational background: M.Sc Physics, B.Ed. Gold Medalist
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Office 365, Yammer, One Note
- What is the best advice you have ever received? The school decided to go for digital transformation for Grades 3 and 6. The school suggestion box was flooded with letters from various classes. These letters by the young learners advised the head teacher to adopt the policy of digital transformation for other classes too, apart from just grades 3 and 6. This advice resulted in the head teacher making a decision to go for BYOD for the students of grade 3-7.
- Website I check every day: Microsoft Educator Community, Yammer
- Favorite childhood memory: A favorite memory is at St. Joseph’s convent school, visiting the slums. We would donate warm clothes. The whole class would go along with the convent nuns. This developed values in me during my school days which became lifelong learning. I practice it now and have adapted my learning, and put it into practice in my school.
- Favorite book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne