online Educational Resources :

Online Educational Resources :

Content focused:

Hindi language e-learning apps:

Facts about hindi: Hindi is a completely phonetic language meaning that it is written exactly as it is spoken. Hindi is based on Khariboli, the vernacular of Delhi and the surrounding western Uttar Pradesh and southern Uttarakhand. Hindi, just as the English alphabet, has vowels and consonants. Hindi is mainly written in Devanagari script. Devanagari consists of 11 vowels and 33 consonants, and is written from left to right.  A letter is known as ‘Varn’ and the alphabet chart is known as ‘Varnamala’. Vowels are called ‘Swar’. & Consonants are called ‘Vyanjan’.

1. Let’s Learn Hindi is a Hindi Varnamala Flashcard App developed by Culture Curry which explains the children about the Hindi Alphabets.This interactive app has flashcards for each letter (featuring the sounds and images for words), for example क से कद्दू  or ख से खिलौना. Each letter on touching makes cute animations.

When a child touches a consonant, they enter into the world of that letter and can explore three activities.

Each consonant when touched on the touch screen will make its phonic sound. The word for that letter will also be enunciated in a way that kids can understand it properly.

The best part about the app is that it also promotes writing skills for the kids. Each of the 36 consonants can be written by touch with trace and write feature.

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Focus: Content, phonetics, reading, writing, speech

Price: $1.99

Access : iOS

Network: Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): Unknown

Website: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lets-learn-hindi!/id564583896?ls=1&mt=8, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR5RYR3OXR0

Limitations: Assumes English as users first language.

Parents review online: My daughter has just started writing Hindi letters at school so it is exciting for her to practice the letters in such a fun and animated way. She loves the images with each of the letters because on touching they also make funny sounds and cute animations.The formation arrows, choice of colored chalk, eraser and the colored lines makes writing easy and fun to learn.The app actually makes Chalk sounds when you write on the slate which got my daughter really excited. Overall it is a cute app for kids who are just starting to learn hindi, identifying hindi consonants and writing it. It is especially great for Non-Resident Indians who struggle to find good sources of learning Hindi especially IPad Apps for Kids.

2. My First 100 words in Hindi: My First 100 Hindi Words app is built to teach toddlers their first 100 Hindi words with 100 thumbnail images . The user interface is intuitive and can be used by a child without any training. It is a simple way of combining audio and Hindi words to make it easy for the kids to remember those words. They also learn how to say each word i.e. the pronunciation and enunciation is stressed upon. Each word written in Hindi is transliterated in English along with object image.

Track Learning: Kid can listen to the audio in Hindi and tap on the correct answer. Parents can keep a score card of how well their kid is doing and share it with friends.

Focus: Content, reading, assessment

Price: $0.99

Access : iOS

Network:  Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): Unknown

Released: Jun 28, 2012

Website: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-first-100-words-in-hindi/id535049776?mt=8

Limitations: Assumes English as users first language.

Parents review online: A fun and colourful, small format introduction to essential words in Hindi. Each page features words from a popular theme- household items, colors, clothes, toys, food, animals, and transport.

 

3. Hindi Varnamala by Tinytapps: The picture/words have both translation and transliteration in English.  This app focuses on vowels, consonants and writing for young learners of Hindi language.

Focus: Content, reading, writing

Price: Free

Access : Android

Network:  Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): 100-500 installs

Released:

Website : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tinytapps.hindivernmalaC2&hl=en

Demo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNoxF_D_R-Q

4. Hindi Baby Flashcards: Features over 450 high quality images with text and voiceovers to enhance visual and auditory learning and memory simultaneously. Categories include: Food items, Animals, Alphabet, Transportation, Numbers, Colors & Shapes, Clothing, Household items, Body Parts, Outdoor items, Music Instruments/Arts & Learning

 

Focus: Content, reading

Price: Free

Access : Android, iOS

Network:  Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): Unknown

Released:

Website: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/learn-hindi-baby-flash-cards/id388415793?mt=8, http://www.eflashapps.com/app/learn-hindi-baby-flash-cards-free.html

 

5. Hindi Alphabets-Consonants: The picture/words have both translation and transliteration in English.  This app focuses on vowels, consonants (takes support of phonic sounds) and writing for young learners of Hindi language.

Focus: Content, reading, writing, phonic sound, quiz

Price: $1.99

Access : iOS, android

Network:  Learners-Parents, therapist -learner

Users ( # ): Unknown

Released: 2011

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohM0r6Zv1qc

Limitations: Assumes English as users first language.

 

6. Learning Hindi! : A web site (blog format) by a learner of Hindi. Started by a PhD in Mathematics student named George. He is not a Indian nor of Indian descend, not a native Hindi speaker! He has been studying the language for many years now.  He started blogging in June 2010. And says its not as an educational site but as a diary through his Hindi learning adventure.

Focus: Content, reading, writing

Price: Free

Levels (Grades): Anybody, whose first language is english

Access : website

Network:  Learners

Users ( # ): Unknown

Released: 2010

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohM0r6Zv1qc

Limitations: Assumes English as users first language.

My review: He has put together

 

7. Duolingo – While they don’t currently have a Hindi course, they do have a English for Hindi speakers course which people claim is incredibly useful if English is your first language.

Focus: Content, reading

Price: Free

Levels (Grades): Anybody, whose first language is english

Access : Android, iOS & Web

Network:  Learners

Users ( # ): # of India user unknown, 12.5 Million Active Users

Released: 2014

Website: https://www.duolingo.com/

Limitations: Assumes English as users first language.

 

Hindi/Urdu Language specific schools in India:

1. Zabaan in Delhi: http://zabaan.com/

2. The Landour Language School in Mussoorie: http://landourlanguageschool.com/

 

Hindi translation sites:

1. Google Hindi composer: http://www.google.com/intl/hi/inputtools/try/

2. Google translator: https://translate.google.com/

3. Hindi-Urdu script transliteration site :http://uh.learnpunjabi.org/default.aspx

 

Dictionary:

1. Shabdkosh – This English-Hindi dictionary is useful as a quick reference, but it lacks in-depth definitions and does not provide the gender of Hindi nouns. It provides entries in Devanagari (i.e. the Hindi script) and in roman transliteration (i.e. the English alphabet).

Focus: language learning

Access : web

Price ( INR ): Free

Levels ( Grades ):

Network: learner, Parents

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): -unknown-

Website: http://www.shabdkosh.com/

 

English Language Literacy:

1. Proloquo2Go is communication aid for kids who need talking assistance. The award-winning, symbol-supported communication app providing a voice to over 100,000 individuals around the world who are unable to speak.  It’s a multi-user app is set up in a customizable grid that uses colorful icons placed in “buttons.” These buttons represent words that kids can tap to say individually or to form complete sentences. This app can be used for a wide range of speech, from very basic communication (a 3×3 grid for the most basic requests, such as food) to creating fluid sentences and conversations (up to an 8×8 grid, providing 64 up-front words, with many more options within categories). Users can also add their own photos and images to create icons, edit existing buttons, move them, or search by keyword. The app can increase or decrease the complexity of words and phrases presented based on a kid’s current age and vocabulary.

Focus: Gamification, learning, Feedback

Subjects: English

Access: Android, iOS

Price: $219.99

Network: Parents-Learners

Website: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proloquo2go-symbol-based-aac/id308368164?mt=8

2. Perfect My English: PerfectMyEnglish is designed to help students and professionals avoid the most common grammatical and usage errors in English. Dynamic quiz platform adapts to the learners’ skill level, and provides detailed feedback and reports. Users can learn how to avoid pitfalls in English grammar such as not to sign emails with “Kindly revert to the same”, with authentic easy to understand explanations. The whole platform has been gamified for both the learners as well as the reviewers.

 

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Focus: Gamification, Assessment, Feedback

Access: Android

Price ( INR ): 20,000/month/school

Levels (Grades): 8-12

Network: Schools & institutions – Teachers-Students-Parents

Users ( # ): 50,000

Date ( Est. ): 2012

Website: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.perfectMyEnglish&hl=en

 

3. EnglishHelper – ReadToMe: ReadToMe text reader has a wide range of accent choices that can be listened to on a customizable pace. It offers dictionary, thesaurus and pictorial reference to help comprehension and Tools like sticky notes and double highlighting.

Focus: English language skills, communication, Reading

Access: web

Price ( INR ): 15 / student

Levels (Grades): k -12, Adults

Network: Students-Parents, Teachers

Users ( # ): 2,500

Date ( Est. ): 2009

Website: http://www.englishhelper.com/index.html

4.  Magic Pathshala: A research group creating educational content for primary Maths and English that can be used in classrooms or computer labs by teachers. These are typically 5-10 minute modules that run on a computer, and can be used as introduction to topics, concept building, revision or testing. These modules are presented in the form of animations, games, comics, activities and real-life applications.

Some of Magic Software’s global clients:

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Focus: English, Maths

Access: web

Price ( INR ): Free

Levels (Grades): k -12

Network: Students- Teachers

Users ( # ): -not known-

Date ( Est. ): 1990

Website: http://www.magicpathshala.com/

5. Zaya provides supplemental education to children ages 6 to 13 years old with their afterschool learning “Labs”. Primarily focus is on the bottom of the pyramid children.They are currently powering 20 learning labs inside schools and orphanages India, Indonesia and Mongolia.

For 2013, our focus is to launch two Zaya “Hubs” (In Mumbai, India and San Jose, California) and to launch 100 more Zaya Labs in order to perfect our blended learning and micro franchise models. Zaya is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization.

INITIATIVES

We have two main initiatives that will be powered by our learning platform and tech/blended learning approach:
1) Educational WIFI Hotspots:
Access to great online content and to electrical power is something most of us take for granted, but 1-2 billion children have limited or no internet access. In order to mitigate the expanding connectivity and education gap, we have developed our own “Educational WIFI Hotspots”. Each Hotspot has a 10-hour power supply and is PRE-LOADED with the best online content and powered by our adaptive learning platform. We also include a projector and tablets in order to provide a unique blended learning solution that can work anywhere in the World. This is a perfect solution for educational, health, entrepreneurship, training, and other content. Our hotspot are small enough to fit in a backpack, making it easy for teachers and community leader to carry them home at the end of the day. When they are able to connect to the Internet, the hotspot will automatically synchronize with our main servers, downloading new content and uploading student and teacher usage data.

 * The data we collect provides a feedback loop and a level of accountability rarely achievable at the “last mile”. We can see data on the quality of teaching, how each student is progressing and even things like knowing how many people watched a health video and if they understood it.

TEDx video here: http://youtu.be/XLA5qTsPvug

 2) Zaya Learning Labs & Micro Franchise Model

We are leveraging our technology in our own branded after-school, blended learning program called ZAYA LEARNING LABS. Through a unique micro franchise and hub and spoke model we have developed, we are empowering women to own and operate a ZAYA LEARNING LAB in their own home using our technology. We provide them will all the training and technology they need for free – all they need to do is recruit and teach children. Students pay a small fee ($6 per month in India) for the classes (or the monthly fees are subsidized by donors/sponsor organizations). Creating an army of successful women educational entrepreneurs is just as critical to our model as delivering a world-class education to our students. We will empower each Teacher to own and operate their Labs as a small business and we want them to love what they do and the impact they are having on their students and their communities. We will do this through our organizational culture and by providing them with access to training and guidance on everything from marketing and recruiting to specific entrepreneurship content. We also ensure a sustainable income to our Teacher/Facilitators with target-pricing to provide them with an annual income equivalent to 1.5X to 3X the local minimum wage.

 

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Hindi Learning through Storytelling:

1. MangoReader: A reading library and creative story creation platform for children focused on language learning. Currently offers over 500 interactive stories. Mango Reader is working with schools in India and Singapore.

Focus: Content, Story telling,  language learning

Access : web, Android and iOS

Price ( INR ): 249-399 per month

Levels ( Grades ): PreK, K-12

Network: Students-Parents

Users ( # ): 13,000 +

Date ( Est. ): 2006

Website: Mango Reader Website, http://mangoreader.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYnsfKh18_k

 

2. BookBox:  BookBox are animated stories in Hindi with a read along feature. BookBox stories are based on a methodology called Same Language Subtitling (SLS) where a child relates phonetic sounds with visual subtitles to accelerate the development of reading skills. As proven through sophisticated eye-tracking research when SLS is integrated into a “book”, reading happens automatically and subconsciously. BookBox aims to not only enhance children’s basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in native & foreign languages.

Stories are also Available in: English,French, Spanish, Mandarin

Coming soon in: Gujarati.

My Review: I watched few stories and couldn’t stop 🙂

Focus: Content, Story telling,  language learning

Access : web(youtube videos), Android and iOS

Price ( INR ): Free

Network: learner, Parents, Parents-Learner

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): 2013

Website: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bookbox.hindi, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ebookbox-hindi-hd-fun-stories/id887752572?mt=8

3. Cloud TinkRBook

4. Pratham Books – A Non-Profit organisation that aims to help Indian children read. They have many Hindi children’s books available for free online here. Audio books: https://soundcloud.com/search?q=prathambooks%20hindi

Focus: Content, Story telling,  language learning

Access : web, pdf

Price ( INR ): Free

Levels ( Grades ):

Network: learner, Parents, Parents-Learner

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): -unknown-

Website: http://prathambooks.org/

 

Broadcast information:

1. Samsung Smart Learning: Interactive multimedia study material (ebooks, high quality videos, tests and assignments.) for Math and Science. Paid platform currently only on samsung tablets and Smart TV.

Focus: Content and assessment.

Levels (Grades): Math and Science for K-12 mapped to the CBSE board. Apart from that, it also offers online courses to help students prepare for important competitive exams such as JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, and Medical entrance tests.

Access : Samsung Android phones and Smart TV app.

Price ( INR ): Unknown

Network: Schools & institutions-Teachers-Students-Parents

Users ( # ): Unknown

Date ( Est. ):

Website: http://www.samsung.com/in/smartlearning/

Content by : DESIGNMATE & Infinity Skool

DESIGNMATE has been in operation for more than 25 years as a 3D production house developing creative eContent for K12 education. The eContent c is a combination of 3D videos, simulations, experiments, learning activities, quizzes, texts, images, web links and learning objects known as Eureka.

Infinity Skool conducts over 300 programs and has become the primary provider of professional development and support services for K-12 educators. It provides deep, content-based expertise as well as new and integrated learning strategies to engage and assess student growth.

 

2. Ted-Ed & TED Open Translation Project. : TED-Ed Lessons: There are two types of TED-Ed lessons. The first, TED-Ed’s award-winning original lessons, represent collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. Each collaboration aims to capture and amplify a great lesson idea suggested by the TED community. The second type of TED-Ed lesson can be created by any website visitor, and involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types of TED-Ed lessons are used regularly – in classrooms and homes – to introduce new topics to learners in an exciting, curiosity-inspiring way. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs.

 Subjects: Various subjects. 100,657 Lessons Created & 3,658,755 Questions Answered.

Focus: course builders, Content sharing

Price ( INR ): Open Source

Network: Teachers-learners, Learner-learner

Users ( # ): Unknown

Date ( Est. ):

Website: http://ed.ted.com/lessons

TED Open Translation Project started in May 2009, and aims to “[reach] out to the 4.5 billion people on the planet who don’t speak English,” according to TED Curator Chris Anderson.The OTP utilizes crowd-based subtitling platforms to translate the text of TED and TED-Ed videos, as well as to caption and translate videos created in the TEDx program (with its technology partner dotSUB until May 2012, and recently with open source translation tool Amara). At the time of the launch, 300 translations had been done by 200 volunteer transcribers in 40 languages. In March 2013, more than 39722 translations had been completed by (an all-time total of) 9262 volunteer translators in 97 languages.

 

3. EDpuzzle: Teachers and students can upload videos which can then be used as lessons. EDpuzzle provides a hassle free interface that can be easily used by all its users. Helps users search for videos from Youtube, Khan academy, Crash Course and other sources. Offers services to upload self made videos and edit them on the platform. Lets the users to embed quizzes along with the video lessons. Also, provides the teachers with analytics for each of their students

Focus: Content sharing, course builders, assessment

Subjects: Various subjects.

Price ( INR ): Open Source

Network: Teachers-learners, Learners

Users ( # ): 50,000+

Date ( Est. ): 2014

Website: EDpuzzle website

4. Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” The website features thousands of educational resources, including a personalized learning system, over 100,000 practice problems, and over 6,000 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare, medicine, finance,physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, cosmology, American civics, art history, economics, music, and computer science. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. By 2014, they were used by about 10 million students per month. Khan Academy’s micro lectures have been watched over 468 million times.

Focus: Content, Adaptive learning, Open Source

Subjects: All

Access : web, Android and iOS

Price ( INR ): Open Source

Levels ( Grades ): K-12, Adults

Network: Learners, Teachers

Users ( # ): 10,000,000 students / month

Date ( Est. ): 2006

Website: Khan Academy

 

5. beGalileo is a  personalized and  adaptive learning platform for mathematics.  Diagnostic and remedial platform: The platform provides personalized unique worksheet for each topic based on the learning level of the child. If the child is struggling to master a concept, the system identifies learning gaps and provides the remedial lesson ( in form of digital content) to improve concept understanding. It is also available as an android app to help parents stay connected with their child’s learning.

Focus: Content, adaptive learning, assessment,

Subjects: CBSE Maths

Access : web, Android

Price ( INR ): 3499

Levels ( Grades ): 1-10

Network: Schools-Teachers-Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): 2010

Website: Mango Reader Website, http://mangoreader.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYnsfKh18_k

 

6. Educomp – Smartclass : It is equipped with  repository of digital modules of lessons (consisting of audio-video, 2D and 3D animations and graphics) on almost every subject from KG to class XII. The classrooms equipped with Educomp smartclass Digital Teaching System (DTS) are connected to the central server. In the classroom, teachers can access the modules supported by elements such as Animations, MCQs, Assessment tests, Real Life Applications, Worksheet, Weblinks etc.  The modules are designed in teacher led format where the teachers integrate these elements with the day’s lesson plan, intervene, explains etc.

Focus: Content, adaptive learning, smart board, smart classroom

Subjects: All k-12 subjects, CBSE, ICSE, State Board

Access : Classroom

Price ( INR ): ~85,000/classroom

Levels ( Grades ): K-12

Network: Schools-Teachers-Students

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): 2003

Website: http://www.smartclass.educomp.com/

7. iChemist is a fully featured titration simulator, which enable student to perform titrations right on their iDevice. They can perform  titrations virtually. Mix chemicals, add indicators, perform the titration etc.

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Focus: Content, chemistry

Access :  iOS

Price: $1.99

Levels ( Grades ): High School

Network: Learners

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): 2013

Website: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ichemist-titration-simulator/id773329261?ls=1&mt=8

 

8. Gooru an open and collaborative online community of educators, learners, partners, and developers to facilitate personalized learning that amplifies learning outcomes for every student. Dreamed up by a Google employee during his 20% time.

With Gooru, users can :

  1. Find standards-aligned multimedia learning materials
  • Browse 70,000 K-12 collections and a collection of over 16 million learning resources
  • Filter search results to find resources tailored for your students
  1. Remix web and original content to create custom collections
  • Reorder and remix existing collections, upload your own resources or start creating from scratch to contribute to an open community if teachers worldwide
  • Create original multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, or open-ended questions
  1. Share collections with students and colleagues to increase your impact
  • Assign collections to your Class for students to study in class or on their own
  • Add your colleagues as collaborators on your collections
  1. Monitor student’s engagement, comprehension, and progress
  • Intervene in real-time and pinpoint where students are struggling or excelling
  • See how much time your students spent on a collection, their question responses and their reactions to specific resources

Focus: Community build content, Teaching, sharing educational material, customized content, Assesment

Access :  iOS

Price: Free

Levels ( Grades ): K-12

Network: Teacher-Learner, Teachers-Teachers, Teachers

Users ( # ): 500,000 + teachers

Date ( Est. ): 2011

Website: Gooru

 

9. ClassLynx : Awaaz.De’s flagship educational product, ClassLynx, builds on 3+years of voice messaging research to offer a solution customized for schools.

Uniqueness of ClassLynx:

  1. Circulars on Phone: allows teachers to send voice circulars to parents by making a single phone call or logging in to ClassLynx.
  2. School Radio: A missed call radio station to promote school activities
  3. Enrollment: Track leads from promotional materials for your school
  4. Surveys On Phone: Quick data collection over phone calls

Focus: Parents-Teachers engagement, Community,  Customized content

Access :  Any kind of phone

Price: Free

Levels ( Grades ): PreK, K-12, Adult

Network: Teacher-Parents, Teachers-Student, School-Student

Users ( # ): 2,000+

Date ( Est. ): 2011

Website: ClassLynx

 

10. Tata Interactive Systems – Edge ERP: Edge ERP, a Tata Interactive Systems offering, is a comprehensive school management system.

Learning management system to enhance classroom learning

  1. It comprises of resources such as an online library, notice board, parent resources and attendance system to make for an informative and efficient system
  2. Real time data analysis for both staff and students keeps the performance levels on a high
  3. Edge enables open communication channels between administration, teachers, students and parents

 

Focus: Parents-Teachers engagement, Community,  Customized content

Access :  -unknown-

Price: -unknown-

Levels ( Grades ):  K-12

Network: Teacher-Parents, Teachers-Student, School-Student

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): -unknown-

Website: Edge ERP Website

Gamification:

1. Qualcomm Wireless Reach’s Play ‘n’ Learn program, Android game app for children to improve their literacy and numeracy skills .

The Play ‘n’ Learn program combines Qualcomm mobile technology and digital content from Sesame Workshop India’s (SWI) popular Galli Galli Sim Sim (the Indian Sesame Street). To date, 10 games that promote numeracy and literacy have been developed in Hindi for the Android platform and are available on the Google Play Store.  Since the program launched in May 2013, Play ‘n’ Learn has provided 3G tablets loaded with the games to more than 370 primary school children in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation area. Due to the successful pilot program, Sesame Workshop India is working to provide content for 2,000 additional children in 25 government primary schools in the Vaishali district of Bihar, India.

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Impact Study:

According to a third party study conducted in the schools, children in class 1 showed significant gains in comprehension, word knowledge and imagination, and overall Hindi language scores. The young children also learned to watch videos, operate the camera and make calls on the tablet. Children preferred to use tablets in groups, sharing them with each other and providing support to their peers, reflecting improved group dynamics.

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Focus: Underprivileged kids, numeracy, Gamified content

Subjects: Maths

Access : Web, Android

Price ( INR ): 249-399 per month

Levels ( Grades ): 1-3

Network:Students-Students, Students-Teachers

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): 2013

Website: http://www.galligallisimsim.com/

2. JumpStart: Madagascar Preschool Surf n’ Slide in association with DreamWorks Animation

  1. Aimed at Preschool and KG kids, Surf n’ Slide app teaches basic skills in numbers, colors, animals and shapes. Smooth controls that can be easily used by kids.

Focus: Gamified content, learning,

Subjects: 18 lessons across 6 subjects: Numbers, Letters, Colors, Shapes, Animals, and Critical Thinking

Access :  Android , iOS

Price ( INR ): $2.99

Levels ( Grades ): KG

Network: Students/Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): 1,000,000 +

Date ( Est. ): 2013

Website: http://www.jumpstart.com/mobileapps/madagascar-preschool-surf-n-slide

3. PBS KIDS PLAY! https://www.pbskidsplay.org: Kids don’t need to know how to read: All of the instructions are said in voice-over. For the youngest kids, there’s shape and color identification. Older kids get early reading and arithmetic skill readiness. The activities adapt based on a kid’s progress, so kids don’t get stuck playing the same game over and over. Also, there are time-out features so kids don’t overdo it. Parents can get reports of their kid’s progress, set a computer time limit, and easily get information about the learning goals for each game.

Positive reinforcement: each time they graduate to the next level in a game and get a “reward” that they can keep in their treasure box. Even if they don’t advance, they get a star for trying.

Subjects: Language & Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Skills: Thinking & Reasoning, Creativity, Emotional Development

Access : web, Android , iOS

Price ( INR ): $9.95 a month, $49 for six months, or $79 annually after an initial free incentive period.

Levels ( Grades ): PreK- 1

Network: Students/Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): 2012

Website: https://www.pbskidsplay.org

4. MadRat Games: MadRat is using gamification tactics to engage kids in their favorite games while teaching them valuable thinking skills at the same time. MadRat games builds both physical board games and online games based on learning.

Subjects: Language & Reading (Hindi, English), Math, Science

Focus/Skills: Thinking & Reasoning, Learning

Access : web, Android , iOS

Price ( INR ): Rs. 150-700 per game

Levels ( Grades ): PreK, K-12, Adult

Network: Learners-Parents, Learner-Learner

Users ( # ): 1,00,000 units sold past 9 months

Date ( Est. ): 2010

Website: MadRat Games

Habits & Behavior changing:

1. Sammy and Lolo Smart Voice:  This app let’s you connect your mobile device with the Sammy and Lolo Smart TV app to activate speech recognition.  Kids can talk and sing-along sessions with Sammy and Lolo. Interactive videos focus on good habits ( such as how to brush your teethes, when to say thank you,sorry etc.), decision making skills.

Focus: Decision making, habits & behavior changing.

Use: interactive animation, voice recognition, virtual/pet friend

Subjects: Habits

Access : Samsung smart TV, mobile phones

Price ( INR ):

Levels ( Grades ): Pre-K, K

Network: Students/Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ):

Website: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.SammyNdLolo&hl=en

2. Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! is focused on spreading positive messages about healthy eating and physical fitness (and the Wii version will actually get your kids up and moving). Each of the mini-games has one simple objective and very basic controls. The Wii version allows for a parent to tag in with a second remote and assist if kids are having trouble. Parents can also change the difficulty level of an activity.

Focus: Habits, health & behavior changing.

Use: Interactive animation, Role models

Subjects: Habits, health

Access : Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi

Price : $29.99–$39.99

Levels ( Grades ): Pre-K, K

Network: Learners-Parents

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ):

Website:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.SammyNdLolo&hl=en

Assessment Apps:

1. Company: Educational Initiatives: Established in 2001. Education through personalized learning.

Products:

a. Mind Spark: http://www.mindspark.in/:  Mindspark is a personalized, computer-based, adaptive self-learning program for Mathematics. It is personalized because the question that a student gets depend entirely on how he/she has performed in previous question.

Focus: Track learning

Price ( INR ) 300-400 / student

Subjects: Maths

Levels: ( Grades ) 3-10

Network:  Schools/institutions-Teachers, Teachers-Students, Student-Parents

Users ( # ): 3,50,000 learners

The project has introduced more than thirty innovative learning and outreach related processes and systems, including option for customized activation of remedial topics, real-time dashboard for academic mentor to identify poor performing students, online tracker for monthly follow-ups with parents, etc. to develop curriculum-aligned digital resources and participation in collaborative peer networks by teacher.

b. ASSET : Stands for Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing. iEducational Initiatives offers assessment tools that enable schools to use EI’s scientifically designed algorithms and questions to determine where a school’s students stand amongst others. The test is designed to measure how well students have grasped concepts rather than how well they can memorize them. It provides reports that highlight strengths and weaknesses of each individual student as well as for the entire class.

Focus: Track learning

Price ( INR ): 300-400 / student

Levels ( Grades ):  3-10

Network:  Schools/institutions-Teachers, Teachers-Students, Student-Parents

Users ( # ):  3,50,000 learners

3.  Children’s Lovecastles Trust’s e-Patashale (Karnatka): In its efforts to strengthen Government Schools in India. CLT is engaged in supporting State Board schools with development of curricula-based e-learning modules, which provides teaching to rural schools without access to qualified teachers. The content is localized, keeping the rural background of most of our children in government schools. CLT’s e-Patashale initiative is Integrated Technology-aided curricula-based learning program for the State Board Schools teachers, by the teachers. Textbook content is reengineered and delivered with more value-additions. Best pedagogical practices and subject-expertise of good teachers are captured into short videos. The content is contextual and is close to what they are learning at school that can be absorbed into the existing learning environment. The focus is on localization with familiar usage of language, relevant images and examples.Short videos of Hands-on Science Experiments.

Focus: Govt. schools, content, learning, reading, science experiments.

Use: animation, Videos

Subjects: Maths, Science, English

Access : In classroom

Price ( INR ): -unknown-

Levels ( Grades ): Pre-K, K

Network: Teachers-Teachers, Teachers-Student

Users ( # ): -unknown-

Date ( Est. ): 2011

Website: http://www.cltindia.org/Programs.html

Content Demo:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI9eq3m0T3k

4. Concepts iConnect – Flinnt : Flinnt is a service that enables learning institutions and their teachers to communicate and share learning resources with their students, to create engagement and interest in a collaborative learning environment.

Like WhatsApp. Controlled & Structured – Hierarchy and Tagging

Focus: Track learning, collaborative learning

Price ( INR ): 5K a year per institution

Levels ( Grades ):  K-12, Graduate, Training Orgs

Network:  Schools & institutions-Tearchers, Teachers-Student

Users ( # ):  27,000

website: Flinnt website

5. McGraw-Hill Connect

Products:

a. SmartBook: It creates a personalized reading experience by highlighting the most impactful concepts a student needs to learn at that moment in time.  As a student engages with SmartBook, the reading experience continuously adapts by highlighting content based on what the student knows and doesn’t know. This ensures that the focus is on the content he or she needs to learn, while simultaneously promoting long-term retention of material.

Focus: Track learning

Price ( INR ) 300-400 / student

Subjects: Maths

Levels ( Grades ) 3-10

Network:  Schools/institutions-Teachers, Teachers-Students, Student-Parents

Users ( # ): – learners

b.Time2Know, Digital Teaching Platform: http://www.mhet2k.com/: Teaching Focused. Real-time class management, data-driven teaching and differentiated learning -child assessment, pacing as per students’ needs

Focus: Track learning

Price ( INR ) 300-400 / student

Subjects: Maths

Levels ( Grades ) :

Network:  Schools/institutions-Teachers, Teachers-Students, Student-Parents

Users ( # ): -learners

c. ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) ALEKS is a Research-Based Online Math Program focused on individualized assessment and learning for Grades 3-12 . ALEKS QuickTables program offers an interactive Student Module with ongoing assessment, learning, review, and visual tracking of student progress. In addition, a Teacher Module allows teachers to monitor student progress, generate customized worksheets, and adjust program settings to best fit student and class needs. ALEKS QuickTables requires minimal teacher involvement for immediate implementation.

Focus: Track learning, Indiavidaul assessment

Price ( INR ) :

Subjects: Maths

Levels ( Grades ) : 3-12

Network:  Schools/institutions-Teachers, Teachers-Students, Student-Parents

Users ( # ): -learners

Online Mentorship/scholarship Program:

1. Xomidhan: Xomidhan (as per the Assamese dictionary) means uttar, an answer, a reply. Xomidhan is in North-East India and its a Mentorship-cum-Scholarship program.  Xomidhan provides career counselling through a team of counselors from multidisciplinary streams including engineering, design, media, economics, public relations, medicine, management, arts and sports. The broad idea is they select a few deserving, meritorious students from economically challenged background and provide both mentorship from relevant experts as well as scholarship so as to enable them to successfully sail through the most critical part of their career,i.e., transition from Std. XI to an undergraduate course.

Focus: mentorship, Career Counseling, scholarship

Price ( INR ) : Free

Subjects: engineering, design, media, economics, public relations, medicine, management, arts and sports

Levels ( Grades ) : 11-undergraduates

Network:  Learner-learner, mentor-learner

Users ( # ): –

Date ( Est. ): 2010

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xomidhan

2. Buddy4study.com: Acts as a platform to connect scholarship promoters to scholarship seekers directly. So that, students know where to go when they need for scholarship to support their education or talents. Also, they assist scholarship promoters to design an effective scholarship process from scholarship process creation to promotion to application.

Focus:  scholarship

Price ( INR ) : Free

Subjects: -na-

Levels ( Grades ) : 12th passed /UG/PG

Network:  scholarship promoters to scholarship seekers

Users ( # ): –

Date ( Est. ): 2010

Website: http://www.buddy4study.com

Teaching/school organizers:

1. TeacherKit: Class Organizer, Teacher Planner, Gradebook, Assignment List, Attendance and Student ‘s Grade Tracker

Focus:  Organiser

Price ( INR ) : Free

Subjects: -na-

Levels ( Grades ) : 12th passed /UG/PG

Network:  Teachers-Students

Users ( # ): –

Date ( Est. ): 2010

Website: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/teacherkit/id389584618?mt=8

2. Next Education – Next ERP : Enterprise Resource Planning software by NextEducation. A single platform for students, teachers, office staff, parents and Principal. Provides the following features:

  1. Result Distribution
  2. Fee collection
  3. Keep a track of leaves and staff activities
  4. Share study material with students
  5. SMS and e-mail notifications to parents
  6. Create discussions and forums
  7. Accessible from home

Focus:  Organiser

Price ( INR ) : 3L for 3 years

Subjects: -na-

Levels ( Grades ) : K – 12

Network:  Schools-Teachers-Staff-Parents-Students

Users ( # ): ~15,000 students ( Being used across 15 schools)

Date ( Est. ): 2007

Website: Next ERP Website

2.  Miscellaneous:

Beyond Curriculum : Artifacts (offline) currently being used for education.

a. Games/Toys:

– Maths: Zero Sum’- Designed by IDC IIT Bombay + Gakken (Gakken is Japan’s leading educational company providing educational books, teaching materials, stationery, toys and so forth).The game was designed to playfully teach children (age group 6 and above) basic arithmetic operations and order of operations, focusing on achieving a high repeat play value even after the concept of the game is understood.

b. In person teaching labs/NGOs:

1. MindEdutainment – THOTS Lab: THOTS is a program run by MindEdutainment that inculcates logical thinking skills in the youngsters. Each THOTS session is of 40-60 minutes duration and conducted once  a week throughout the academic year. According to their website: THOTS employs over 17 thinking tools and continuous assessment to achieve the best possible results. The fee per child for the full academic year is Rs 1500-1800 per child for the full academic year i.e. Rs 125 to Rs 150 per month.. This is inclusive of the cost of creating the Lab and solution delivery subject to the school signs a minimum 3 years contract. They are currently working with 71 schools across 8 states capitals with names like Delhi Public School, Timpany Group of Schools, Soudambikaa Group of Schools, CMI Chain of Schools, Blue Bells Group of Schools, Summer Valley Group of Schools, KLE Chain of Schools, DLF Public School, Khaitan Public School, Army Public School, etc.

Focus: Decision making, critical thinking, mind games

Subjects: Critical Thinking

Price ( INR ): 125-150/student/month

Levels ( Grades ): Pre-K to 8

Buyer: Schools

Users ( # ): 71 Schools

Date ( Est. ): 2007

Website: MindEdutainment Website

Media mentions: http://www.thotslab.com/news/media-coverage/

2. ThinkLabs RoboLab offers schools the opportunity to upgrade their computer labs to robotics labs.  It takes into account the multiple intelligence theory. ThinkLabs uses RLS (Robotics Learning System) methodology using this theory of multiple intelligence.  Sessions are designed to facilitate student learning. Each session has theoretical concepts backed by hands-on learning to ensure that all the students are involved.  Each session has multiple activities and each activity has the following steps:

  1. Define the problem
  2. Search possible solutions
  3. Analyse
  4. Select the best viable option

RoboLab then requires each student to execute their ideas. This involves the following execution steps:

  • Design the robot
  • Build the logic
  • Program the robot
  • On field testing of robot
  • Making successive iterations if required

For the hardware, ThinkLabs has developed iPitara – a modular re-programmable robotic kit. The kit has:

  • a processing unit called “the brick” (includes an LCD display screen and a buzzer)
  • sensors (touch, obstacle, sound, light and continuity)
  • 3 motors
  • a remote control
  •  mechanical components like wheels, gears, pulleys, castor etc.

For the software, ThinkLabs uses Visual Programming Language – CiMPLE. CiMPLE is based on the C++ programming language.

The school implementing RoboLab also gets all digital content and training support for teachers.

Focus: Decision making, critical thinking, mind games

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Robotics, Science

Price ( INR ): -Unknown-

Levels ( Grades ): 4-12

Network: Schools-students

Users ( # ): 31,000+ students, 100+ schools

Date ( Est. ): 2005

Website: http://www.thinklabs.in/

c. Native language android keypad.

‘Swarachakra’ (स्वरचक्र) is a touch-screen keyboard for inputting text in Indic scripts – Hindi, Marathi, Gujurati, Odia,Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Panjabi. Swarachakra uses a logically ordered design based on the structure of Devanagari. Swarachakra displays the consonants sequenced according to the logical structure of Devanagari, phonetically grouped and arranged in a grid similar to those found in most school textbooks.

Website: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=iit.android.swarachakra&hl=en

Installs: 10,000 – 50,000

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