AcrossWorld Education, the world-class Saas Company that built the first cloud-based platform in the world to change the learning methodology by facilitating universities, colleges and K-12 schools the global doorway to open educational sources, is going to launch a latest touch screen tablet in India, known as ATab, for just Rs 5000/- in collaboration with Go-Tech, a Delhi-based company. The ATab will be launched in India the month of March.
This low-cost yet stylish android tablet PC will include a 7 inch TFT touch screen, processor of 1.1 GHz, RAM of 512 MB, and an inbuilt memory of 2GB that is expandable up to 16 GB, a Wi-Fi and an external 3G USB Dongle. Apart from the hardware, at this reasonable cost, the tablet also includes a 3 year unlimited free access to innovative education technology platform of AcrossWorld Education’s EducationBridgeTM, which lets the academic institutions, students and teachers to access a wide range of content basics such as legacy content, open educational resources, open content and proprietary content resources, innovate and collaborate. It also consists of expert services for colleges and schools on ‘how to use EducationBridgeTM’ to control premium world-class educational content. The tablet PC will be launched in various color choices that will attract the youth.
CEO and President of AcrossWorld Education, Dr. Stephan Thieringer said, “With the launch of this tablet PC, Indian schools and colleges will be discovering and leveraging global educational content standards at their fingertips in the K-12 school level itself as the educational institutes in a similar way explore modern technology that offers instant access to the best educational sources in the world, specifically just within a reasonable budget.”
CEO of Go Tech said, “While comprehensive development must guarantee that access to the latest technology is pretty much available for the masses, yet offering simply the hardware is not sufficient. It must also offer access to quality learning content. By combining free and unlimited access for 3 years to AcrossWorld’s first class educational content, this tablet is not simply a book shelf, but a complete library jam-packed with the world’s top open source learning content for schools, colleges and universities. While I was studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia Tech, our University Motto was, UT Proism, which means, ‘That I may serve’. Now, I am happy to have this opportunity to serve my home country with this inexpensive innovation which will pass on knowledge to the masses.”
Around a dozen colleges and schools from different parts of India such as Gujarala, Rourkela, Allahabad, Delhi and others have already showed keen interest on this to-be-launched tablet, ATab. The offices are in Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Boston. The schools that already have engaged with AcrossWorld Education include Gandhinagar Public School from Morabad, Shikhar Shishu Sadan Convent School from Dhampur, Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Institute of Technology from Rourkela, and Carmel Public School from Gaujrala.
Dr Thieringer also said, “At AcrossWorld, our aim is to make learning more accessible, affordable, and connect to educators and learners. We try to change the educational methodology by offering students knowledge of ownership over their learning.” Other than offering access to open educational sources and open content, the company’s EducationBridge also lets educational institutions to share their proprietary and legacy content by uploading it, with the students across the tablets, ATabs. Users can rate, bookmark, recommend and give feedback on open education content, hence helping the users the most helpful content, while sorting out which is not much relevant.
As of now, AcrossWorld Education already has above 5,000 users from India. In the stage of initial launch in India, the company will introduce around 10,000 tablets, which will be balanced rapidly.
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