Project-based learning and ICT teaching skills acquired under the Intel® Teach program have helped a teacher in India engage her students around an environmental preservation project which has captured the attention of local authorities.
The Intel Teach Program emphasizes logic, problem-solving and strategic thinking through information technology, project-based learning, and student-centered development. Under the program teachers are encouraged to develop innovative lessons by utilizing modular teaching strategies, interdisciplinary topics, global online libraries, critical thinking tools, and assessment resources.
Sujata Gohain Barua, a former newspaper columnist-turned-science teacher, focused these skills around the dire state of a local lake, Lake Sivasagar. She asked her students to focus their learning and develop their digital literacy for the good of the natural environment, with truly impressive results.
The students used the internet to research similar case studies and tried-and-tested methods of lake rehabilitation. They used software and applications to create spreadsheets to plan projects and upload and organize their photos. The end result was an ecological report on the state of the lake.
The report didn’t just catch the attention of the school’s headmaster – it inspired the local authorities to launch an awareness campaign and contract the cleaning of the lake. Slowly but surely, signs of life are returning to the lake and migratory birds are returning in greater numbers.
"This project illustrates that the Intel Teach program is about much more than technology training for teachers,” said Rahul Bedi, director, Intel South Asia Corporate Affairs. "It changes the way children learn and helps make a significant impact in the communities where it has been deployed.”
"If one classroom can do this,” continues Rahul, "Just imagine what the 1.2 million teachers that have been trained across India can accomplish!"
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