App replaces textbooks with tablet

5 Jul

A teacher conducting a class with a touchscreen board and scholars using digital tablets as textbook, notebook or a test pad could seem like a scene in a high tech motion picture.  But it’s a fact now, thanks to MOCA ( mobile learning study room application ), an interactive tablet -based education platform delivered thru cloud technologies.  Developed by Hyderabad-based print-to-digital delivery services company Pressmart, which can supply cloud-based publishing technology to over six hundred publishers in thirty three languages from 61 nations, MOCA, which is device and system software ( OS ) -agnostic, fully disposes of children’s 15-kg back-packs and allows them to take their class work, homework and examinations, including lecture room reporting, on a 494-gramme tablet.  Pressmart had, in 2011, piloted MOCA ( on Samsung tablets) with Grade-V of La Salle Green Hills, a 100-year-old Catholic tutorial establishment in Manila, and utilized it across all grades until XII in June 2012.  Covering 4,500 scholars and four hundred teachers, the deployment, Pressmart claims, makes La Salle the planet’s first college with fully-digital school rooms.  “The pipeline is remarkable.

 

La Salle has seventeen faculties with 97,000 scholars in the Philippines for which they are going to start employing MOCA slowly. Also we are seeing a potential in Thailand where the govt is intending to disburse 800,000 tablets to elementary school scholars this year,” Vikram Simha Torpunuri, head of Pressmart, told mediapersons here on Monday.  The closely-held company is currently in debate with state govts, faculties and establishments in India, and is having a look at doing 2 pilots in the home market in the current calendar.

 

“Discussions-wise …  We are quite close. We are going to be launching a pilot with a college in Hyderabad inside a quarter,” he announced, adding that MOCA was anticipated to generate $1-million income this monetary year.  MOCA, which jams each other thing on the tablet, aside from the study room content, as quickly as a student enters the highschool, supports Android and iPhone operating software systems.  The company will release a Windows version shortly.  “If we have an Aakash tab, we shall install MOCA and do it,” Torpunuri expounded, adding the company will be launching a new application for the life sciences vertical in the following couple of months.

 

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