Promoting ICT amongst youngsters
- My thoughts and experiences
Ajay Puri
Experiences
How I started in Computers?
At the age of 9 months my grandfather taught me how to type alphabets
on computer. This was just the beginning of my entry into software arena
and lead me to where I am today . I very much feel that Grandparents and
parents have lot of influence on children’s future.
How I got interested in Computers?
Experiences
A number of educational CDs with entertainment
based learning kept me interested. E.g. Jump Start
I was permitted to play with a number of gadgets
by my family irrespective of my tender age (hands
on learning). e.g. printers, scanners, computer,
video
My elders spent hours with me patiently at what I
did, which I feel was not very interesting for them.
Gadgets that
I was allowed
to use at 2 years of
age as toys
Experiences
I was inspired by the love I got
How Other Kids Can be better than Me ???
•Guidance & Encouragement
•Infrastructure
•Hard Work
•Lots of Blessings
Computer should lead school education
Thoughts
When I get my school assignment, I search the Internet and am able to
learn much more than what the assignment required?
e.g. One night my father and uncle were discussing about Prophecies of
Nostradamus, I got up the next morning and searched the Internet. I was
surprised to find that he has predicted World War III.
I feel, age is not a barrier to learning.
e.g. My father while carrying out his MBA studies asked me to get some
information about Dreamworks and Pixar Studio merging. I was happy to
be able to find information that even I understood.
Once I suggested Microsoft to develop some products like MS- Office for
use by kids. I don’t say that the present Office is beyond kids but I feel
the product should be so attractive that every kid is interested.
Media Based Learning
WE NEED MEDIA
BASED LEARNING
AND MUCH LESS
CLASS ROOM OR
BUILDING BASED
EDUCATION.
ICT IS THE ONLY
MEANS TO REACH
THIS GOAL
TODAY CHILDREN SPEAK
THE LANGUAGE OF HIGHTECH AS THEIR MOTHER
TONGUE WHERE AS OLDER
PEOPLE ARE
“IMMIGRANTS” IN THE
LAND OF IT TECHNOLOGY.
SO THE ICT TORCH MUST
BE IN THE HANDS OF
YOUNGSTERS.
YOUNGSTERS ARE SERVING AS HELPDESK FOR
THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF
ICT
I felt sad
Thoughts
When I visited schools and saw that the computer tools used were
outdated or slow. I get very impatient when the speed of internet is slow
even though I am very lucky.
When I see that some of the parents feel that the electronic equipments
are too expensive to be given to kids
Some of the softwares are very boring and my father tells me it is very
expensive
Some of the students that I was placed
with in India were very talented in other
fields, may be even better than me but did
not receive the recognition that I was
lucky to have.
I appeal “Please create opportunities for
them as well, create platforms /
organisations that recognize them
“I have and will always remain
committed to the cause of spreading ICT
education .
I am a learner myself , but would love to
share my knowledge with fellow kids .”
I will always seek your blessings and
good wishes to achieve greater heights.
web site http://www.microsoftkid.com
Email : [email protected]
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