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Science class on your PC

india Updated: Oct 07, 2007 21:44 IST
GC Shekhar

For students gearing up for their class X and XII examinations, they can just go through their courses on the television and personal computer. A Chennai-based businessman is offering class X and plus two syllabi in multimedia packages that can be run on computers and televisions in 3D animation.

The television and computer will no longer be taboo for class X students, besides taking out the drudgery of pouring through their science textbooks.

Unlike other educational software that is essentially two-dimensional and supplement just existing school syllabus, the new package, introduced by Sasel, includes the entire syllabus in 3D multimedia — Sasel’s “100% Magic Teacher” package encompasses, for instance, content of class X and plus 2 science textbooks.

R.S. Shivaprakasam, MD of Sasel, said: “I cleared my school final only in my second attempt and dropped out of college, unable to understand what I was studying. I wanted to make something that was easier for the student to comprehend, learning lessons in an easier manner than pouring through books.”

Shivaprakasam has also got around the problem of piracy of educational software since they used to come in CDs. His “Magic Teacher” kit comes in three different offerings — as an external hard drive, or pre-loaded into a home desktop PC or a laptop. A software lock ensures that the package cannot be duplicated. For the classroom, it comes as a media station and a plasma TV.

“When a student studies about human body parts, he can actually see how they function in 3D even while the text is read out in the background so that both the visual and verbal memory absorb the lesson. When you add interactivity where the students punches in his answers to key questions, it becomes a complete learning experience,” he pointed out.

Shivaprakasam said the idea came from a friend who wanted support for his educational CDs.

“I saw the potential to develop it into something more substantial. So I employed educational software experts to create the present modules over the last 3 years at an investment of nearly Rs 10 crore,” he said. The present syllabus covers state board and CBSE matriculation examinations, there are plans for an integrated Sasel syllabus to combine the entire gamut of science education from Class VI to XII.