Today’s generation of students are more tech savvy. Either constantly seen playing or fidgeting on their smartphones, iPads or tablets, trying to disengage kids from these new playtoys requires not just some nifty talking and coaxing on the parents’ part, but also, in some cases, a little bribing. So, if they’re so engrossed with all things digital that studying out of a book suddenly seems extremely low tech, how do parents deal with getting the children to study?
A group IIT-ians decided it was taking the textbook to the tablet and not the child to the textbook. Launched last year in April in Mumbai, the iBall Edu-Slide is a tablet PC that comes with educational content already streamlined to both CBSE and ICSE. With expansion plans that began taking the tab to other cities since October, the Edu-Slide finally reached Hyderabad in the first week of January.
With the hardware and concept provided by iBall and the software and tech support provided by e-Teach, the Edu-Slide came to be. Carrying content ranging from standards I to XII, the gadget runs on Android Jellybean 4.1 OS, with a dual processor, graphic processor and 1GB RAM. While these logistics may fly over the average parents’ heads, kids on the other hand are already an excited lot.
Explaining why the company iBall came up with the concept of an educational tablet, Head of marketing development, Neeraj Dalmia says, “At iBall, we realised that education is a big industry which we can tap into. Smart phones are usually difficult to operate and often children are better at it than most of adults. Also, 80 per cent of children in the UK and US are already using Tablet PCs for educational purposes. So we decided that education is the way forward.”
What makes the tablet a better product in reality than in theory is that though the focus is on education, it can be used for other purposes, just like any other tablet. “We at i-Ball had come up with the concept and then E-Teach developed the application for the tablet. The entire conceptualisation was done from the education viewpoint and it is the major attraction, but at the same time, it can be used like every other tablet,” Neeraj shares.
Given its fidelity to education, the Edu-Slide also makes for a good school companion for kids without teachers or parents worried about their wards’ activity on the the tab. With an easy-to-navigate content management and high screen-sensitivity, children find it much easier to relate to, rather than their heavy text books and scores of pages of text.
The Edu-Slide combines visuals, audio and dynamic text to keep a child as engrossed as possible. “Our main focus is on Maths and Science for students from Grade I-XII. However, we also cover social studies and general knowledge upto Grade VIII. We find that children can relate more to the audio-visual technology to learn their concepts as opposed to their textbooks which are static and full of boring text. The Edu-Slide provides 3D images making it clearer for them and helping them understand better,” explains Neeraj.
Now, what fun would it be if your child seemed to be master of the tablet and as the parent/teacher you’re still struggling to handle the gadget? Which is why, to aid parents in checking up on their child’s progress, the application integrates tests that one can administer to the child.
“The application provides a unique testing platform called e-paper. Using this, parents can test their child on their subjects, following which a score will appear and a parent will know exactly how their child has fared. A lot of parents have found this to be extremely useful,” Neeraj shares.
The director of Best IT World India Pvt Ltd and one of the brains behind Edu-Slide, Sandeep Parasrampuria is basking in the success of the tab that seems to be receiving quite the response, if their expansion plans are anything to go by. But at the end of the day, he understands that developing education-friendly products is the key and by no means does the tablet compensate for the classroom.
“We’re endeavouring with the motive to complement our education system, not replace it. There is a dearth of quality content in this sector and with increasing number of tablet users, now’s a great time to present iBall Edu-Slide powered by e-Teach. Our goal is to make optimum utilisation of the technology enhancements and create an environment where education is made easy and interesting.”
The iBall Edu Slide i1017 is a 10.1-inch HD screen tablet PC with high resolution HD screen and IPS technology to make it ideal for the students. Along with the customised educational software that it provides, parents and students can download various education apps, books and games from the Android market which can further enhance their learning experience.
Currently priced at `13,999, content can be upgraded from Google Play using coupon codes that need to be purchased online. As a part of their introductory offer in Hyderabad, customers will get two free coupon codes. “Curriculum for both ICSE and CBSE from standard I-XII is available. Upon purchasing the tablet, a coupon code will be provided from which they buyer can select one standard and will be able to download all the chapters,” adds Neeraj.