Learning about computers? It can be 'masti' says Mumbai startup InOpen

Mumbai, November 6, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) – Collaboration between the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and the 3-year old Mumbai-based educational start-up InOpen, is seeing a steady flow of innovative computer learning solutions. Their latest solution, ComputerMasti (‘Masti’ means fun in Hindi) is a programme to teach computer science in schools. It is currently being used by 3,00,000 students across India. CM addresses the need for an active computer learning through a cutting edge Computer Science core curriculum. Computer Masti Learning Solutions consist of graded text book (or ebook) with teacher training, handholding and assessments. The programme is available for CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and SSC Boards.

CM has introduced a fun way of learning computers where interaction happens in the most creative way, using a series of books, eight of which are already out and the rest are in progress. Children read the books and meet three new friends - Jyoti, Tejas and Moz. They are three imaginary characters in the books. Tejas and Jyoti who learn computers from their teacher Moz (a mouse) are amazed by the way a computer works.

Says Rupesh Kumar Shah, Co-founder and CEO of InOpen: "We want to change the way Computer Science in schools is taught and learnt. The emphasis should be on understanding Computer Science thoughtfully and holistically and not just learning some temporary skills. We believe that in the information age, it is important that we equip the students with the right combination of cognitive (thinking), behavioural (life skills or 21st century skills) and attitude (self-learning abilities)."

Co-founder and IIT-B professor, S.Sridhar who is the chief architect of the project says "The objective is to develop an active high quality content which can be universally acceptable and can be deployed across different kinds of infrastructure".

Computer Masti team began the process of writing instruction material for computer education after a study of existing curriculum of various educational boards of India as well as other developing countries such as Pakistan and developed countries such as United States. They found that Indian Education boards define standards to be met for grades 9-12, but standards/details of what should be taught in previous grades were missing.

InOpen Technologies : http://inopen.in/  

Computer Masti: www.computermasti.in