Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan unveiled an educational app in Mumbai earlier this week through the use of augmented reality that provides students with interactive study material.
Powered by MT Educare, Robomate promotes self-learning and academic upgrading through several techniques, including conceptual audiovisuals, adaptive learning, and collaborative learning methods.
Thousands of MT Educare teachers participate in the lectures found on the app, many of whom have been teaching for decades. Their experience was put to use in the creation of the app.
"Robomate is curriculum based and result oriented content. Using the new Robomate platform, various institutions can offer technology enabled learning in their classroom – from digitizing books to mapping results analytically and also use administrative tools for scheduling of the day's timetable. MT Educare is currently using Robomate platform with Flipped Classroom model," said Dr Chhaya Shastri, director, MT Educare Ltd.
The app offers students access to all lectures in order to avoid missing one and allows students to make up any lost curriculum. App makers report that this offers students the ability to better understand content and make connections between what is being taught and their own life-experiences.
Students also have the ability to revisit sections over and over until they feel that they have a complete understanding of topic or a solution to the problem is obtained.
The interface, designed to be simple and intuitive, gives students quick and easy access to both audio and video recorded lectures of expert faculty, notes, and test series for learning and revision.
The Robomate app has been downloaded over 500,000 times through the Google Play Store.
During his speech at the unveiling of the app, Bachcan discussed the importance of educating girls and women, saying that knowledge is important, as it can protect people from a variety of difficulties they may face in their lives, writes Ravi Sharma for The Bollywood Helpline.
"Money anyone can steal, but knowledge cannot be stolen from you. Hence I believe, to increase awareness regarding education, it is extremely important to make women and daughters educated. And I keep contributing towards this cause in my own way," Bachchan said.
He went on to say that he wishes he could go back to school to learn even more, and that students need to find a way to study so that they will remember what they learned throughout their lives. He said that swimming and riding a bike are the only two things learned that people remember how to do for the rest of their lives, adding that learning other topics should be the same way and that students should not be caught up in the end result, but rather the process.
The actor arrived 6 hours before the event began, rehearsing his speech 20 times before he actually walked onto the stage to launch the product.