Only about 10 percent of Myanmar’s population have a mobile phone right now – and even fewer have a smartphone or tablet. While Myanmar is an exciting, new, and sizable market, it’s still very early days. One startup based in Yangon is keen on gaining traction in this formative stage. A team of app developers recently released its first educational iPad app, called Phew (pictured above). It’s designed to help kids learn how to write the mellifluously flowing characters of the Burmese language. The Brahmic script, like Thai or Tibetan, is quite hard to write.
NEW DELHI: Bullish on the multi-billion global education sector, HCL Learning today said it has forayed into international markets, including Nepal, the Middle East and Africa to offer customised content in these regions. HCL Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of IT firm HCL Infosystems will offer K-12 content in these markets in partnership with local educational service providers and schools.
To keep abreast with industrial needs, Rayat Bahra education group has partnered with global leading computer company IBM to launch a B Tech computer courses at its institutions. Talking to Hill Post, group chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra said that job placements was a priority and it was often noticed that the courses offered at institutions are not able to keep pace with changes coming about in industry.
A massive Office 365 deployment in Thailand schools that Microsoft initially described as free on Wednesday may not be so. Microsoft trumpeted the rollout, which will reach about 8 million students and 400,000 teachers in the Asian country, as the largest to date for Office 365 in the education sector. In the first sentence of the press release, Microsoft stated that the students and teachers under the jurisdiction of Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) would get “free access” to the cloud email and collaboration suite.
Each of Thailand’s eight million primary and secondary school students as well as those schools’ 400,000 teachers will soon have access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education. A press statement by Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd. said this development is the result of a memorandum of agreement signed between the Thai government’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and their vendor firm.
Founded in 2011 by Chiew Farn Chung (CEO), Edward Middleton (CTO), and Yee Whye Teh (CSO), ClassDo is an online education marketplace powered by a virtual classroom where anyone can teach and learn. Before you say “meh” and click away, give this demo link a try. ClassDo’s virtual classroom doesn’t require any software installation. Everything runs seamlessly in the browser, which is neat. It has a collaborative whiteboard that allows teachers and students to view and take notes in real time. Even the page flips are synced between student and teachers.
Innovation in Vietnam can come from the most interesting places. There’s a startup with motorbike theft prevention hardware. There’s one that crowdsources for tours. There’s another that focuses totally on ecommerce logistics. And don’t get me started on Flappy Bird. The list goes on. This week, Topica, one of Vietnam’s most successful online learning platforms, is doing something a bit different with English education. The company, which was founded in 2008, already offers certification online, coordinates with colleges to offer online learning support, and also runs the Founder’s Institute annual incubator program. Now it’s experimenting with using Google Glass to teach students English. The program is called TopMito.
Tokyo-based Smart Education, a developer of educational mobile apps for kids, announced yesterday that it has raised 550 million yen ($5.4 million) from CyberAgent’s Fujita Fund and Infinity Venture Partners. This follows their previous funding worth 75.3 million yen (approximately $750,000) from Shinsei Corporate Investment, secured back in May of last year. CyberAgent also invested in the startup’s series B round in April last year.
It seems the Thai government can’t catch a break. With the political crisis ongoing, one of the government’s most popular policies, One Tablet Per Child has hit another dead end. A famous policy that even Google’s Eric Schmidt once praised, One Tablet Per Child is the Yingluck administration’s program to equip every public school first grader with a tablet, with the goal to encourage better education.