Promising to improve the quality of Math and Science education through online learning activities, www.educosoft.com was launched in India on April 21, 2008 by Educo International Inc, an American company owned by Non-resident Indians.
The launch of the portal was preceded by three years of work on aligning their content with NCERT curriculum and other secondary boards in India. The Educosoft platform offers unique and powerful features to empower teachers with state-of-the-art content and comprehensive Learning Management System (LMS).
The portal is unique because it has several distinct characteristics; some of these are listed below.
It is online, available 24×7 from anywhere to teachers, either for class discussions or for self professional development, and to students for self study or to complete their assignments. For schools where Internet is not available or is slow or they do not want to use, they provide Local Area Network (LAN) solution. The LAN content is piped to the classrooms and learning labs in real time mode.
Each topic contains several learning activities that are interactive and are presented in Macromedia Flash with dynamic graphics and animations. The activities include: a) Multimedia Electronic Teaching Notes for teachers and Tutorials for students, embedded with dynamic graphics, and pedagogically sound animations; b) Several examples on each topic to re-inforce the concepts; c) Several sets of practice tests for each topic; d) Progress and activity reports for students; e) Tools to create and administer online surveys; and f) Several communication tools like announcements, internal and external e-mails, and chat session between the teacher and students.
The assessment component of this portal is also unique in the sense it is in free response format where a student has to do his/her work in the notebook and enter the answer on the computer, instead of just clicking a choice as in multiple choice questions provided by other platforms. Teachers can create and assign different types of assessment including online homework, quizzes or tests, or practice tests. Students get different but similar assessments that are self graded and recorded. All assessments after completion provide instant feedback, performance analysis, and step-by-step solutions.
For students, it offers Self Learning Portal that provides all the learning activities and assessments for each section and chapter of the respective course. Students register online or through any of the regional centers of the company.
All the other details of this system including demos, training programmes, regional seminars, and pricing structure are explained on www.educosoftnews.com . It costs less than Rs.160/pm for 24×7 access to Self Learning Portal for students. Students can have free access to the Self Learning Portal if their schools adopt the LAN version of the system. With LAN solution school gets access to all courses for K 6-12 for mathematics and sciences, and free access for their students from home for the first year.
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