Tuesday, February 26, 2008

TV Channel on CBSE Curriculum


Greycells 18 has launched a TV channel for teaching the CBSE curriculum. The channel is available on Dish and Tata Sky. I need to get the channel activated to view it. I visited their web site http://www.topperlearning.com/ today.

The site allows students to view schedules for classes and repeat telecasts, form a student community and interact with others, post queries to experts on subjects, review study material and take objective or subjective quiz on the class, chapter or entire course etc.

Last year I worked on a proposal for the Indian Ministry planning to run a similar portal where students from different state boards could access course material, online tests, links or reference materials and collaborate with teachers and mentors. The portal is up now http://portal.sakshat.gov.in/wps/portal.

The Greycells 18 initiative is similar but with scheduled classes aired on a TV channel. The only sore point is the treatment of the study material posted to supplement the classes on TV. The material currently is nothing but a web-version of the book. From my experience of the work with MHRD, I was expecting a more interesting and simpler version of the content covered to help the students understand it without having to run to a coaching center or their teachers. The textbook type material is anyways available to the students. Maybe, once the paid version starts post April'08 - the quality of the material would improve as well.

Overall - If run well with features, like instant reply to questions, help desk, mentors, more interactive and illustrative presentation of content, question bank, this may give the coaching centers a run for their money.

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