A primary teacher from a Zilla Parishad (ZP) school in Pune district is among 50 winners of National Teachers’ Award from the country. Mrunal Ganjale of Pimpalgaon Mahalunge ZP school in Pune’s Ambegaon won the recognition for her technological interventions such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) into primary education.
Ganjale will receive the award on September 5, celebrated as Teachers’ Day. History lessons for Class 4 in her school included a virtual trip to Torna fort. “Concepts such as taking care of our heritage and being responsible individuals can be embedded among children from a young age by connecting classroom teaching with the real world,” said Ganjale adding that such exposure is made possible through technology. Her students have also visited museums in Russia through VR classes.
Ganjale was appointed at the Pimpalgaon Mahalunge ZP School in the year 2018. Thanks to her early intervention of technology in education imparted at this ZP school, learning did not stop for a single day during lockdown imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Ganjale, if there is will, resources can be arranged. “One requires a good phone with internet and a TV screen in the classroom to make use of technology for a more joyful teaching learning process,” said Ganjale, who also developed a website for her school during the pandemic.
Ganjale received the National ICT Award for School Teachers in 2019 and the State Teachers’ Award in 2021. She was recently also honoured by the Sharad Pawar Inspire fellowship given by Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan, for her innovative way of making classroom teaching more engaging and effective by bringing in technology.