Committed to deliver easy and accessible Internet, DataWind Inc has launched UbiClass, an educational software application that will enable flipped classroom teaching, which will empower students to learn from anywhere using DataWind tablets.
The increasingly popular flipped classroom teaching methodology will help in transformation of the traditional education lecture and homework activities. Under traditional methods, students listen to lectures in the classroom during the day and then work on related assignments at home in the evening.
However, by using the new software app, flipped classroom, students will be able to study and review on-line educational materials at home, which would prepare them for classroom sessions that are dedicated to hands-on group and individual learning activities, projects and discussions.
UbiClass provides comprehensive support for flipped classroom learning, delivering educational content along customized quizzes with real-time grading, as well as instant, personalized feedback regarding the student’s particular strengths and areas needing improvement.
The app will initially be deployed as a free download to students and teachers at select primary and higher educational institutions in India that currently utilize DataWind tablets. The software also includes a one-day instructional module for teachers and professors on how to best utilize the app.
“We believe our low cost tablets equipped with UbiClass will help close the gap of the existing ‘digital divide’ in classroom education,” said DataWind President and CEO, Suneet Singh Tuli.
“The app reflects our focus on bringing the socio- economic and educational benefits of the Internet to emerging markets around the world,” added Singh.
UbiClass will enable students to have full access of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) approved reference materials, including a video and multimedia lecture suite, which is available in Hindi and English for grades first to twelfth. The CBSE is the governing board of education for more than 15,000 public and private schools in India.
UbiClass is powered by DataWind’s patented, cloud-based technology that reduces by up to 97 percent the amount of data needed for web browsing, allowing for a more affordable, broadband-like Internet experience on any data network including 2G networks that remain prevalent in developing countries.
DataWind also provides economical smart-phones and tablets that come bundled with one year of unlimited Internet access, making it the largest tablet provider in India only behind Samsung.