myBskool, IIM Ranchi tie up for Content; Classteacher Learning Launches Classpad
The schoolbag which has been getting heavier day by day, may soon be replaced by a 7 inch tablet device. Apps on customized tablets are the new education platforms that will act as home work/ class work note books, text books and assessment sheets.
ThinkBig Edu-Ventures myBskool.com, an online business management school, has created an app for mobile phones and tablets. Classteacher Learning Systems has launched Classpad a personalized and interactive learning tablet for secondary and higher secondary school education.
"With the launch of this new platform, students can now use their knowledge skills anytime, anywhere," said K Swaminathan, CEO, myBskool.com.
The firm has so far spent $ 1.5 million, said it expects to get another $ 2.5 million in funds over the next eight months. The first round of financing was provided by US based entrepreneur KB Chandrasekhar.
The Classpad for school students (standard 3 to 12) can serve as an interactive e-reading device, capable of storing dozens of books and study material. "Equipped with artificial intelligence, Classpad can help to categorize students as fast, average and slow learners," Rohit Pande CEO Classteacher Learning Systems, said.
Coincidentally, Pande and Swaminathan are both IIM alumni, who are working towards pushing quality education into micro devices. Swaminathan launched myBskool.com in the latter half of 2011 to the tap 5,000 crore business school industry in India.
The government's initiative to give the Aakash tablet at 1,500 a piece to students has prompted educational institutes to customize and launch apps and tablets on their own. For instance, Classpad is tailored with software that tests students skills in problem solving, creativity and application of language. myBskool app allows students to post queries, initiate discussions and take assessments.
myBskool has partnered with IIM Ranchi to co-create content. It already has a tie-up with IMT Ghaziabad, "The difference between classroom and distance education will disappear." Professor MJ Xavier, Director, IIM Ranchi said. He said the project of online classrooms have been welcomed by his students. IIM Ranchi is running a pilot project on classes through myBskool.com. Xavier said he plans to launch 4 to 5 education centres, which will enroll 1,000 students, in top tier cities by November this year in partnership with myBskool. In the near-time, myBskool will provide digital content for the 18 month executive MBA programme of IIM Ranchi.