Self study for school children has now acquired a whole new meaning with a host of websites offering e-learning resources at the click of the mouse. Coaching classes and home tuitions have taken a backseat, as students now prefer doing their homework at home with the help of e-learning resources available on the World Wide Web. The syllabus of all boards are made available on these websites and students can practice any chapter of any subject through test papers, power point presentations, quizzes, and model answers available on the site. While most websites allow students to download material for free, there are a few that offer packages in the form of practice papers, question bank, science practical package, and Vedic maths, among others.
Prakash Kanade, who founded a web portal in 2008 to aid students with online study, said, with technological advancements and students getting computer savvy, they also want to adapt to the changes happening around them. So, we started the website to cater to the std X students of the state board in particular and it has received a very good response. Kanades website has a user base of 2,000 students from across the state. Each year, they have been upgrading the study portal as per the needs and demands from students. Initially, they uploaded study material for students of English medium, and in the following year for semi-English medium. From the 2012-13 academic year, the website will also cater to Marathi medium students. Ask the expert is one of the most popular features of the site, where students can interact with education experts and clarify their doubts, which otherwise they would feel shy to ask in a classroom.
The content available on the website is free, which includes online test as per the chapters in text books, past exam papers, model answers, revised syllabus, animated explanations for chapters in text books, among other things, Kanade said. Last year, Rucha Jadhav, a student of Muktangan High School, quit her coaching classes and decided to do self-study online. Rucha secured 91% marks in her examination. She said, I heavily depended on online tests that are freely available on several study portals. In the last two months before the examinations, I solved past question papers and that really helped me. Abhinav Bhargav, chief executive officer of another such portal, said, these days, students look for interactive and engaging ways of studying. The blackboard and chalk method is fine and teachers are irreplaceable, but these days, students want more than that. Books tend to get boring and that’s where technology plays a role.
Bhargav’s website has a user base of about 300 students from not just urban cities like Pune and Mumbai but also Aurangabad, Satara One of the most popular elements on the website, Bhargav said, is the quiz section. Once a student studies a topic, a quiz on the topic follows. Students really enjoy solving this quiz as it is very interactive with animated features in it, Bhargav said. The website covers curriculum for state board students of std VIII to X. In fact, there are some applications available where in students can download books on their mobile handsets as well. Shiresh Gangakhedkarr, managing director of a private firm which provides on such application, said, to download books on the mobile, students will have to visit our website funfill.com, choose their mobile handset and the link will be sent to the students’ mobile through an SMS. The book will thus be downloaded and students can make use of it for last minute revisions and even regular study.
Courtesy: Times of India