Impact Stories: Intel® Teach helps teacher ignite his students’ passion for learning
Teaching—With Technology, “Everything Has Changed”
Intel® Teach Program helps teachers learn how to engage their students through technology and project-based approaches.
Did you know that the most effective teachers don’t do much “teaching”? Instead of lecturing from the front of the class, they facilitate learning by encouraging their students to ask questions, take risks, be creative, and monitor their own progress.
Through Intel® Teach training, millions of teachers around the world have learned how to engage their students through technology and student-centric, project-based approaches. See how one teacher transformed not only his own classroom, but those across an entire nation.
Today without technology one cannot feel a complete teacher. It is an inevitable part of the teaching and learning process.
Umesh Chandra Pandey is a high school math, chemistry, and physics teacher in India. By 2003, he had 16 years of experience under his belt, and had even written a couple of successful science and math textbooks. Still, he says, he longed for more effective ways to engage his students—to make lessons come “alive” for them. That year, he got a chance to attend Intel® Teach professional development training. Since then, he says, “Everything has changed.”
For Pandey and many of the other teachers who participated, the 10-day Intel Teach session was their first exposure to information and communications technology. They also learned how to effectively integrate technology in their classrooms, and promote student-centered approaches that boost student engagement.
Pandey took the training to heart. “I started to [integrate] animation in my work,” he says, initially in chemistry lessons related to the periodic table. Soon he was incorporating synchronized voiceovers, and linking chemistry and physics material so students could understand the relationships between the disciplines. By 2010, he had developed “Science Made Simpler,” an interactive, user friendly, self-guided learning program.
This is my dream project,” says Pandey. “Students feel good spending time on it, and it makes a lasting impact on students’ minds. I could say categorically that it has increased the thirst [for] learning among students and my teacher colleagues.
Over the years, Pandey has attended additional Intel® Teach workshops and an Intel Educator Academy, and has provided technology training for other teachers. He says that the sessions “brought a big paradigm shift in the way we were teaching in schools. … [They] helped me develop into a teacher of tomorrow.”
Pandey’s “Science Made Simpler” program is now used in high schools across India. He has received numerous national teaching awards in India, and was named “one of the most innovative educators in the world” at a Worldwide Forum of Educators in Helsinki.
Previously, Pandey was fortunate to work at a school in Dinapani that had a computer lab, LCD projectors, and fast Internet. Now he teaches in rural Nainital at a school that primarily serves underprivileged students. The school is currently has just four aging computers, but he is working to change that. “Recently, we purchased an LCD projector [through] contributions of teachers and a little public support,” he says, adding that the school has been promised four more computers. “Though this school is in a remote part of Nainital, students are very enthusiastic to learn,” Pandey says.
This is a fresh start for me, but ultimately this is our country and we have to fight against the odds and bring our deprived [students] ahead.
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