In the era of bio-technology, where world’s leading doctors and scientists are curing people through advanced medicine and diagnosis, Durdana Shaheen is a biology teacher at the Fauji Foundation Model School in Rawalpindi Islamabad. Very recently she realized and learnt how technology is not just the end, but a means to an end.
Durdana has realized that the 21st Century is the era of technology and there is a race to compete with each other. At her school in Rawalpindi, Durdana was asked by her principal to attend a training on integration of technology in all classroom practices. Durdana who was completely hands on computers felt that this was going to be a waste of time. However, once she received the training, she realized that she left the sessions armed with new methods of teaching.
The same topics she had taught for years through simple lectures, having her students make journals and read about concepts like photo-synthesis and the human eye could now become more interesting! With the help of what Durdana had learnt in her Intel® Teach training, she learnt how to captivate students, develop their interest in simple concepts, get them to do research on the internet and out in the gardens, and all so that they would learn better.
‘The Intel training program has exposed me to a world of creativity and innovation. In fact it has changed my whole perspective towards integrating technology as tool for better teaching. It provides a forum for the professional enhancement of the teachers. This program develops a solid ground for higher level thinking or critical thinking skills in students. It enables the teacher to understand the needs and requirements of the students according to their thinking ability. The program helps to come to the level of the students. This actually provides the opportunity for delivering their conceptual knowledge to the students.’ says Ms. Shaheen.