Repro India launches Rapples tablet of pre-loaded textbooks
In tune with the changing technology currently sweeping across the educational publishing, Repro India eventually introduced the country’s first tablet-based learning solution – RAPPLES. An eventful launch session titled Principals’ Knowledge Meets organised in collaboration with Times NIE in New Delhi marked the unpacking of Repro’s tablet that comes pre-loaded with textbooks as chosen by schools or teachers.
Attended by more than 300 principals of various government and private schools from Delhi and NCR, Repro India presented RAPPLES amid persuasive speeches and applauds on the revolutionary multi-sensory learning device from the crowd and a panel of keynote speakers comprising chief guest Kiran Karnik, former president, NASSCOM; Pramod Khera, executive director, Repro India; Ravi Kukke, director-education solution, Microsoft Corporation; Sachin Gupta, chief IT officer, The Times of India, amongst others.
On the successful introduction of RAPPLES, Kiran Karnik conveyed that the concept of using video device to educate children in rural India via satellites was developed around 40 years back. He further mentioned the technology is now into a phase of equity and excellence. In the context, Pramod stressed on RAPPLES being a ‘flipped classroom’ model, a blended learning process in which students learn new contents online via video lectures, etc. “Everything has revolutionised rapidly due to low conversion charges now,” he mentioned quoting as Bill Gates’ once said that putting a video online in the early 1990s cost $400 but now the same is possible at 2 cent.
For over the last two decades, Repro has been meeting the needs of the educational publishing across India, Africa, US and UK which in turn helps them produce RAPPLES in form of a new challenge adapted by publishers and educators. “Textbooks on the RAPPLES are enhanced with animation, video, voice and music being loaded with features that make learning fun and teaching enriched,” explained Pramod adding, “We have keen steps to ensure that the process of adopting RAPPLES is minimally disruptive by providing existing printed books used by the schools as e-books, integrating existing methods of instruction and assessment into the technology platform and so on.”