Indrani Chakraborty- HOD Computer Science Department -Indus International School, Hyderabad
The current HOD Computer Science for the last five years at Indus International School, Indrani Chakraborty is also an IBDP ITGS and computer science examiner. She is a teacher with a passion for Computer Science, 20 years of teaching experience, is an animal and nature lover and volunteers at various social and charity activities.
Excerpts from an interview with Indrani Chakraborty
Tell us about your role at school
Besides, HOD Computer Science, I am also a Housemistress and CAS supervisor.teach students of the age group 14 to 18 years. As HOD, I am responsible for quality control of curriculum design, curriculum delivery and assessment. I am also responsible for teacher training and mentoring students
CAS is an integral part of IB curriculum where students have to showcase their creativity, action and service to wards society. Last year we built one computer lab and ran a computer literacy program in the local village school. This year we have taken up project ‘stop open defection in the village’ and built eco-friendly community Toilets for them.
Is the curriculum examination oriented? In the process of scoring higher grades, are the students forced to rote learning?
International Baccalaureate Programs emphasiseproject-basedand experimental learning. While teaching we lay stress on concepts. We facilitate students with their self-learning and critical thinking.
Assessment is based on concepts so the student needs to think and apply his knowledge in a given scenario to answer the question. We don’t believe or practise rote learning.
According to the recent studies, girls are way too under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In your view, what could be the reason?
I think it is the socio-cultural gap which is yet to be narrowed down or filled. In our culture, parents never educated girls, keeping in mind that boys will do jobs and earn money. They use to educate their daughters so that they can take part in intellectual discussions, take care of family and home. So they mainly focused on Art and literature. This somehow manifested in people’s mind that girls are good in Arts and boys in science.
Also, from childhood, parents choose a different kind of toys for their child. Like mini kitchen set for girls and block games for boys. This way girls learning has become gender biased.
But now I think the gap is filling very quickly and in future, education will be gender neutral.
What do you see as the future for computer science education?
In future, most industries will be using AI, IoT and cloud-based computing. They will require skill employees.
Being future-ready also means preparing for these types of jobs that are already in demand. It means being sure that students leave school with strong foundational knowledge in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science.
The fact is, students who gain knowledge in these subjects will have a big advantage. At school level itself, students should become aware of how computer scientists
work and communicate with each other and with other stakeholders in the successful development and implementation of IT solutions.
Advice to students
For computer science students, my suggestion is that you must be very open-minded and innovative while creating solutions. Many students struggle when they first learn to programme. I’ll suggest to them to keep practising and it is just like learning any other communicative language and skill which becomes better over time.
Indus International School, Hyderabad
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