Riju Shrivastava – Computer Science Teacher- Delhi Public School, Jaipur
Equipped with 18 years of teaching experience, Riju Shrivastava, is a Computer Science teacher (PGT) at Delhi Public School, Jaipur for last 6 years. DPS Jaipur follows the CBSE curriculum and has classes from Nursery – XII. Shrivastava’s responsibilities include managing the school website, school portal and designing the time table for a total of the 131 teachers.
Recognition by Google
Ms. Shrivastava was the recipient of Best National Cyber Olympiad In charge at State Level in the year 2006.She was appointed the Google Educators’ Group (GEG), India Leader by Google for Rajasthan in 2014. She was also the speaker at Google for Education India Summit featuring Google apps for education in 2016.
Ms. Shrivastava talks with gratitude for her English Teacher, Mr. Sant Kumar who had an enriching effect on her educational aspiration. He made the subject come to life beyond the basic curriculum and had a very effective approach towards class management. Presently she takes Ms. Sangeeta Kain, Principal, DPS Jaipur as a role model for being the administrator with a vision to take the organization to great heights and leads by example in all arenas especially punctuality, commitment, industrious, fairness, resourcefulness, firmness and courage and exhibit a passion for his job
Computer Science & its Relevance
In the current scenario, digitization is changing the lives of people which is possible only when students are geared with the knowledge of computers and this gives me immense satisfaction that I am the part of shaping future planners, says Shrivastava.
I feel that teaching being the best way of learning gives you the best platform to grow more with your subject. When a topic is being taught in the classroom and there are queries being raised by students, then as a teacher, you get a chance to go deep into the topic and explore it.
Computer Science is the most happening subject as far as its development is concerned. By the time I finished my post graduation, the market was flooding with new languages, new software and all that I realized was I will be lagging behind in the crowd if I don’t keep myself updated. So its learning before teaching!!
Computers are the best tool themselves when it comes to innovation. For every lesson of programming I teach in the class, I have to execute the same on the machine to make the students believe that things actually work.
Being a GEG Leader, I use Google tools extensively. I use Google docs to create lesson plans and worksheets, Google forms to get responses and Google classroom to share assignments with my students. So on a larger picture, I am easily approachable to students and also reduce the use of paper and encourage them to be eco friendly.
The curriculum is exam oriented and it has to be, otherwise it will be tough to access the examinee. Rote learning is not possible with computer science as whatever you write in the answer script has to be logical and a computer science student must use his analytical and logical power to access the program just like a computer would do.
Challenges Faced as a Teacher
In my view, a computer science teacher has too much content to fit in to the time available, how to track, measure and assess learning progress. There is lack of previous experience of programming concepts to students which tends the teacher to devise ways to make the subject student friendly. Above all, constant renewal of content becomes the need of the hour as technology is expanding.
Using Calculators in the Classroom
This is not justified as it takes the actual essence of teaching and learning away as students can feed in responses and get everything recorded without using a pen and paper. They defeat the purpose of a student using his analytical and logical abilities and will stop him/ her to learn new concepts.
STEM Subjects are a Male Domain?
The primary reason behind this is gender discrimination which is facing a downfall now as people are getting aware. Science is seen as male dominated bastion and all women are kept a distance from getting involved in major research works.
‘Math is not a girl’s cup of tea’ is the common stereotype which has to be broken.
CBSE has introduced UDAAN project exclusively for girl child to promote higher education in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Even IITs are reserving some %age of seats for girl child to promote their participation.
DPS endeavor for Education for the Underprivileged
• The Pro Vice Chairperson Ms. Dhara Jaipuria believes that education must be a privilege for providing quality education to underprivileged children. The result of this vision took the form of “Shiksha Kendra” in 2005. Shiksha Kendra commenced its journey with just 26 students from the rural areas in the vicinity of DPS. In a span of thirteen years the number now stands at 1117 students. At present the school runs with classes from pre nursery to 8th.
• To enable our financially weak youth to be independent and be able to earn their living, Pravah, a skill development centre, is set up in the campus of Delhi Public School, Jaipur in 2015 with a total of 127 trainees registered under various courses.
The Future of Computer Science
As far as future for computer science is concerned, programming languages will always be big; how can you have a functional computer without programming it? Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, cloud computing, robotics, big data analysis, augmented reality and computer vision are the latest and emerging trends of the future.
Advice to Students
I want the current generation of students to feel empowered by technology, but alongside use the technology in a positive manner for some good causes. I don’t expect all students to be programmers, but it is exciting to see how students of all streams science, commerce and humanities, with different career interests discover how Computer Science has a role in their career choices.
School Contact Details:
Delhi Public School Jaipur
NH-8, Jaipur-Ajmer Highway, Jaipur