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Cloud nine: The regional winners of Microsoft's Innovative Teachers Leadership Award in Chennai on Thursday — Photo: V. Ganesan
Cloud nine: The regional winners of Microsoft's Innovative Teachers Leadership Award in Chennai on Thursday — Photo: V. Ganesan

They troubleshoot networking problems and their lesson plans have helped improve the attendance in classes. These are not hardware engineers or computers science graduates, but teachers who learnt technology lessons from Microsoft India, as part of Innovator Education Forum.

Six teachers from the State, who developed lesson plans using technology to enhance the classroom environment, were felicitated at a function organised by Microsoft India here on Thursday. Over 15,000 teachers had registered for the competition and of them, 831 were asked to submit projects. Six teachers were chosen as the regional winners of the Innovative Teachers Leadership Award.

Their were only four students in 2005 when S. Dharamraj, one of the six teachers, was posted at the Panchayat Union Primary School, Denadu in the Nilgiris, and there were talks that the school would close on account of the poor patronage. A 12-day course on computers motivated Mr. Dharamraj to do something more, but the school had no power supply. “I bought a laptop with my savings and brought it with a backup charge that would last for two-and-a-half hours to teach different topics where I incorporate animation, visuals and sound,” says the science teacher, whose project on human excretory system won him the prize. The school now has a strength of 19 students.

G. Bergin, media documentation officer, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Kanyakumari, was selected for developing a lesson plan in Physics for hearing impaired children. “During my leisure time I work with hearing impaired students and my main motive is to train teachers to use technology in the classroom,” says Mr. Bergin, who has simplified lessons in Science and English for class X students.

J. Singharaj a teacher of a Panchayat Union Primary School in Tiruvallur district, continues to work on different lesson plans.

The other teachers are D. Kesavan, Panchayat Union Middle School, Tiruchi; P.Karunaidoss, Government High School, Virudhunagar and B. Rengaraj, Satya Bharati School, Sivagangai. To enable more schools in rural India make lessons fun and interesting, some of the winning teachers have partnered with channels to show the classroom sessions on a specific day. According to Sunil P.P, Business Head, Education for India, Microsoft Corporation, this year the programme hopes to reach out to 1.8 lakh teachers. K. Ganesan, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education felicitated the winners.

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