MOCA replaces textbooks with tablets
Online publishing company, PRESSMART, has announced the launch of ‘MOCA’ (Mobile Online Classroom Application), a product that helped replace textbooks. Very soon, a pilot project is to be taken up here with two chains of schools.
The city-based company provides cloud-based publishing technology to over 600 publishers in 33 different languages across 61 countries.
At a press conference here on Monday, its chairman Vikram Simha Torpunuri said an estimated 4,500 students of a school in Manila, Philippines, had taken to an Android-based tablet with the name ‘PEARL’.
He said MOCA was designed for an ‘Education Tab World’ without physical textbooks, where teachers assign, distribute, receive assignments and grade on a tablet computer.
Students could get and complete assignments, follow their grades on their tablet devoid of paper, get instantaneous feedback and ability for customisation, all of which were delivered via cloud technologies, he said.
‘PEARL’ expands as Personal Learning Device Project and will help students from Grade I to XII at La Salle Green Hills, a 100 year-old school.
Also, it was probably the world’s first to have fully-digital classrooms and students carrying just one device weighing 494 grams in the form of an 8.9 inch tablet with their books, class work, homework and exams in it.