Encyclopaedia Britannica has planned to launch BOLSE (Britannica Online School Edition), an online study module for Indian schools. Starting from April 2010, the online edition will give teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias — computer science, mathematics, environmental studies and general knowledge. The access to the education portal will be made available on the basis of yearly subscription which costs Rs 25,000 and up to 200 students can use the website.
According to the company, this online module will also offer learning materials that have been developed by teachers and curriculum experts. The internet modules have been created for three levels – elementary (primary), high school and senior high school covering classes 1 to 12.
“With the increasing penetration of computers at the school level in the country, the e module is a practical solution for the Indian schools,” Jorge Cauz, president, Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc has said.
“Currently, we are mapping the Indian school syllabus with NCERT and SCERT – the state education boards – to incorporate the broad syllabus of Classes 1 to 5 in our primary database. The portal is interactive and our database users can post their inputs and suggestions. The portal also includes graphic three-dimensional images, voiceovers, blurbs and short notes,” Cauz added.
The company has also planned to launch textbooks for Indian schools. “The fact that the Indian government is stressing knowledge beyond the classroom and is devising a new school education system will help us grow,” Jorge Cauz said. The Britannica books will cover the National Council for Education, Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus from classes 1 to 8.
Source: IANS, TMCNet.com