E-learning startup Edutor Technologies has introduced an Android based education solution called ‘Augmented Classroom Solution (ACS)’, which allows it to offer learning material like digitized textbooks, multimedia material, interactive concept maps and assessments complementing the school syllabus on Android-based Tablet PCs. A Study Engine also allows allows students to listen to the pre-loaded content. Teachers can monitor the learning progress of each student through a cloud solution and personalize the learning experience by securely publishing homework, notes or other learning material.
Edutor has tied up with Meridian School and Delhi Public School (DPS) for this initiative and claimed that 800 high school students (Class 8th- 10th) will be using ACS from this academic year. The company has also tied up with coaching institutes like Aakash Institute and PAGE Institute across the country and is currently in talks with several schools and institutes to offer its new education solution.
Edutor currently offers a custom-designed solution called ‘Edutor Advantage StudentTab‘ which offers a range of Android based tablets pre-loaded with its Augmented Classroom Solution educational platform. However the company informed that ACS can be preloaded on most of the existing Android tablets.
In March 2012, Edutor Technologies had raised Rs 2 crore from Hyderabad Angels, led by serial entrepreneur Sashi Reddi and had stated its intentions to use the funds raised to develop products and solutions in the learning and education space. The company develops and markets interactive learning platforms for K12 students on touch devices like Tablets PCs or iPad and had claimed to have partnerships with several International and Indian educational content publishers. It also offers a handheld learning device called Edutor E40 preloaded with audio-visual interactive lessons covering Maths, Science, Social Studies and English subjects from CBSE, ICSE, and Andhra Pradesh state board.
Other Offerings in the Education space: In March 2012, cloud-based education company AcrossWorld Education had partnered with the Delhi-based company Go-Tech, to launch a low cost education focused Android tablet called ‘ATab’. Priced at Rs 5000, the tablet offered three years free access to AcrossWorld’s Education Bridge platform and was expected to be hit the markets in March second week.
Apart from that, LimberLink Technologies offers an apprentice program called ‘Jed-i‘ (Joy of Engineering, Design, and Innovation) which delivers engineering content to engineering students; iProf offers an education tablet which runs on Android OS with a iProf’s Learning Management System pre-loaded on it and Hungama had partnered with Aptech to offer educational content on digital platforms which was recently deployed on Airtel’s DTH platform through an interactive value added service called iEnglish.
Besides that, there is also the Government’s Aakash tablet which was designed, developed and manufactured by DataWind in collaboration with IIT Rajasthan, under the HRD Ministry’s National Mission on Education through Information & Communication Technology (NME-ICT) and Geodesic, the digital messaging and content solutions provider had announced its intentions to launch a education device in two variants- a Linux based one for parental control, meant for smaller kids, and an Android based one for access to Android apps.