January 2008

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CBSETutor.com launched to provide free online tutoring to school students
Unified Learning, the India based online tutoring and assessment company has launched CBSETutor.com, an e-Learning site that aims to make it easier for students of the CBSE curriculum to self-learn and test themselves interactively.

CBSETutor.com caters to students and parents from Classes Pre-Nursery to XII. The initiative offers poems, stories, nursery rhymes and learning games on the site. For middle and senior school students, the site offers notes, lessons, tests and assignments organised chapter-wise. The website keeps records of all activities and allows students to view their progress as they proceed. Students can build their profiles and interact with other students who have common interests using Live Chat and Message features. They can also use the blog feature to practice creative writing. The website users can also ask and answer questions on science and mathematics. In 'the classroom', the scores of students are compared with other students to show them relative performance. Teachers can post their writing for each chapter and topic and let students access it. They can also exhibit their presentations and project reports for students to view.

Everonn buys Aban e-Learning unit
Everonn Systems India Ltd, a satellite-based education service provider, has acquired the e-Learning division of Aban Informatics (P) Ltd, a part of Chennai-based Aban group.

The e-Learning division of Aban group consists of Classontheweb.com, an educational portal catering to all academic needs. Everonn will have access to over 30,000 students all over India. The acquisition will help the company cater to the needs of digital content to suit the syllabi of all educational boards within India and abroad. It will also provide content material for e-Tutoring and retail market through CD-based instructional materials, according to a press release issued by Everonn.

MBD Alchemie launches courses for CBSE Classes on CD
MBD Alchemie, the online educational academy in India, a venture of INR 200 crore MBD Group,  launched MBD Alchemie CBSE crash courses and CBSE test series for the Class X & XII board examinations 2008 on CD's. The CDs will be available through more than 10,000 leading booksellers spread across the length and breadth of the country.

The first CD offering from the company has an integrated web mentoring model, available to students for the first time in the CD category. The CD based market for CBSE test series is estimated to be around INR142 crore and MBD Alchemie is looking at tapping a sizeable part of this market.

The subjects dealt with in CBSE X are Maths and Science & Technology and for CBSE XII are Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Educomp Solutions forms joint venture with Learning.com
Educomp Solutions Ltd has announced that the Edumatics Corp. Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company based in Ventura, California, U.S.A. has signed a joint development agreement with US-based company Learning.com, to provide educators with innovative, Web-delivered curriculum solutions that support student
learning outcomes.

Learning.com partners with schools and districts to improve student-learning outcomes. The portal transforms learning experiences through its understanding of the art and science of Web-based teaching and learning. The Digital curriculum developed under this joint agreement will be delivered through Learning.com's innovative digital learning environment that allows teachers and administrators to individualise instruction, customise assignments, and quickly access student process reports.

Tata Interactive Systems named on IITT Awards shortlist
A game, developed for ICICI Bank in India by the global learning provider, Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), has been shortlisted for an award in the 'e-Learning Project of the Year' category at the forthcoming Institute of IT Training (IITT) Awards.

Using its game-based learning objects (GamBLs) model, TIS created a computer game which cast players

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