Reading out stories to children using technology
For creating a mobile tool to listen to stories just by giving a missed call
Exotel Techcom in association with Pratham Books launched an initiative, ‘Missed call do, Kahani suno’ (Give a missed call, listen to a story), to read out stories to children using technology. This initiative enabled children to listen to a story of their choice without any cost. The project was carried out with 15 stories in Hindi and English, each.
Children who had no access to stories other than in the form of books that they received from the community center, suddenly had a story on demand hotline. To listen a story, children give a missed call 01139585227 from their mobile phones, thereafter, an interactive voic e response (IVR) calls back asking if they want to listen to a story in Hindi or English. As soon as the user selects the language, a story is told. Thry could listen to the story og give a missed call again. At the end of the call, the user received an SMS with the story’s link on storyweaver, Pratham’s open source story platform.
The developer company, Exotel Techcom believes that all kids need to listen to a story. The favourite childhood memory that most people have is that of listening to a story. It improves the cognitive ability of a child. By using a mobile phone, they do not need anyone’s assistance to carry out this task. Not only were they super enthusiastic to listen to the stories, they were able to understand the stories better. The teacher was able to judge their level of understanding when they asked the kids questions from the stories they just heard.
In over 5 days, ‘Missed call do, Kahani Suno’ received 35,000 calls. On an average, each child listened to at least 5 stories, listening to a story for an average of 1 min. There were case of 200 repeated calls from a single number of 5 days.
Online Study Material in regional languages for students preparing for competitive exams
Launched in 2014, Online Tyari is India’s largest web and mobile based solution to help students prepare for online tests. It is an analytics driven product which is a uniquely created marketplace for students and job aspirants.
While less than 10% of the educational training and study material is available in regional languages, Online Tyari focuses on providing material in regional languages, thus bridging the gap in vernacular content that is available online. OnlineTyari is one of the few platforms which provide content in multiple languages (English, Hindi & Marathi).
OnlineTyari does not create its own content but is an online curated marketplace. It has collaborated and partnered with publishers and coaching institutes for different vertical that provides study materials, question banks, previous exam papers etc. According to language, level, exam type preferances, users can select high quality study materials.
Aspirants can use the Online Tyari app and website to prepare for various competitive exams like IAS, SSC, Bank PO, GATE, NDA, etc. with daily updates like current affair questions, news articles, job alerts and study materials like mock tests, ebooks and question banks from top publishers.
Users are notified with free daily current affair questions, news articles, concepts and job alerts. Students can prepare for various competitive exams with study materials like mock test, ebooks and question banks which they can download and use offline on our app.
Online Tyari has also created a social platform where students can talk to each other, ask doubts and answer questions and a question bank that consists of large set of questions on a specific topic or section. Students can select different slots and give real-time mock All India Test for various exams. The analytic tool that is implemented shows their all India rank, sectional rank and performance.
With over 3.2 million downloads and 350,000 daily active users and 1.5 million monthly users, the android mobile app is available for free download on Google Play store.
Kashmir’s first of its kind institute, RISE aims to equalize opportunities for students by providing educational tools through technology. RISE has developed two mobile tools that are used by students in Kashmir — RISE App and RESE Edu Tablet that enables users to improvise their quantitative and analytic skills for exams like JEE (Mains/Advanced), BITSAT, JKCET etc and RiSE Edu tablet is a product that creates an interface of interaction between students and teachers, streamlines academic processes in a classroom and creates an exhaustive database of information, that too in no time.
Students can take tests and use the app without any internet connectivity, thus, the app works in areas of harsh terrains and rural regions where students do not have access to reliable internet connection or cellular network.
The Rise app has free chapter wise practice tests, analysis reporting system, rank predictor, high quality solutions and counseling and in-person guidance tips by expert IITians. Rise edu tab offers time management tools, chat with faculty, student records, regular updates, automated compilation of detailed performance, course tracking and feedback from faculties.
In 2015, RISE app provided a stimulation of a computer based exam when the entrance exam for the post of Relationship Executive in Jammu & Kashmir bank was conducted online for the first. When adpirants did not have any experience of giving computer bases tests, RISE app proved to be very handly and witnessed 3000 downloads in 5 days, trending on google play list. Previously RISE app also provided mock test papers for IIT-JEE aspirants at no cost. Over 4000 students downloaded the app and more than 100 students who used the app made it to JEE mains 2016.
Further, RISE app will introduce in-app chat feature, enabling over 30,000 students from Kashmir to chat with resource persons for any exam related queries. The chat feature which would be made available later this year would help disseminate real time information.