The use of a computer in school is common for teaching students of all ages. Some schools have the set up in every classroom, while some have a separate IT room. No matter where you are teaching your students - have you ever considered using a PC for your own professional growth?
One way to do this is by actively participating in discussion forums specific to the teaching community for building a network, staying up to date with the latest trends, getting help and vice-versa.
Here are three you can begin with:
1. Microsoft Educator Community
This is a global platform for teachers to connect with experts, ask questions, help others and find useful resources such as lesson plans, classroom activity ideas and actionable tips to teach effectively. The best part is that you can start a discussion literally about anything, right from how to deal with large class sizes to tips in how to make English grammar easier for students - it is up to you.
2. Edutopia Community
An online resource platform, Edutopia offers a community for educators from all over the world to share ideas, have discussions on trends, ask subject-specific questions and provide teachers with relevant advice. The section, ‘community picks’ is especially helpful. It connects discussions to relevant resources such as articles, real-life case studies, online courses which you can do and videos by experts.
3. Teachers of India
An initiative by the Azim Premji Foundation, this is a discussion platform to support teachers of state-run schools by sharing insights, best practices and topical resources. It has a wide-reach all over India, so you can give advice to a teacher just like you or get tried and tested advice from experienced teachers.
Being part of online discussion forums are just one of the many benefits of computer use. Mrs Gauri, a principal for many years, puts it best - “Technology in the hands of a great teacher can transform society.”
Watch Mrs Gauri talk about how PCs help her teachers and her professionally, here:
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.