Pearson’s new app: virtual classroom

Vinay Kamath Chennai | Updated on January 24, 2018

Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India

MyPedia expected to ‘control the experience of learner and instructor’

A kindergarten teacher completes her lesson, whips out her smart phone, and indicates on an app that a particular lesson is done for the day.

The message goes out to all the parents and the lesson gets activated on each one’s app. When the child gets home, the parent takes out the text book, goes to the relevant video image, scans it and a video of the day’s lesson is immediately activated.

The child can see the video any number of times, and answers questions at the end of the video. The teacher gets feedback on her app on each child’s understanding of the day’s lesson lecture for the day. All virtually real time.

MyPedia, an integrated learning tool launched by Pearson India, the local arm of the global education company, will do all this and more, which Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director of the company, says aims to transform education delivery in school classrooms.

Mehrotra says it’s a radical shift from offering a product to a learning solution.

“As a product if I give you a book, you don’t know how a learner is using the book, or what the child is learning. This service enables us to control the experience of the learner and the instructor by measuring what the learner outcomes are.”

“If you are start compartmentalising, the learning gets limited. However, if you can ensure that at the concept level the learner learns through multiple layers, the learning and effectiveness are superior.

Some children are great at learning through audio, some there is a visual input going in; if all of that starts coming into play the conceptual understanding becomes stronger,” explains Mehrotra.

If a child is not a visual learner, and wants to see the video repeatedly till the time the concept is completely understood, he can keep playing it and then go through the assessment, he adds.

The app, he says, will take up minimal memory space on the phone. MyPedia will cost ₹2,000 annually for a child and it will be included in the school fees.

Along with books and uniforms, every school will provide a log in and password for the app. Till now, 45 schools pan india have signed on for the MyPedia app.

The app is downloadable on any android phone.

Published on January 30, 2015

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