Friday, September 25, 2009

Facebook for school & college education


Software’s are driving and catalyzing innovations in all spheres of our daily lives. And as more and more ‘focused’ software’s are being developed, the impacts they create will also get bigger and bigger.

Four years back people could have never foreseen Facebook / Orkut creating such a big impact. It has become one of the most essential tools helping us ‘connect’ and ‘reach out’ to friends and family across the continents. All this and more in a single web page. It has changed the way as to how we build and grow our friendship.

This made me wonder if we were to develop software / software’s focused for our school and college education, how will that be? What features should it have? I decided I will make a go and list down things which I would have if I was the software architect (Software development and me are miles apart!).

I made 4 categories – Student Assist – Teacher / Professor Assist – Parents Assist – Career Assist. These are just to organize and list down the features but the final system should integrate and bring it in a single, simple and easy to use package. Also I think the final system should utilize multiple types of devices PC’s, mobile phones, PDA’s, Kindle’s and a lot more.

5 comments:

Shankar said...

Nice work man...we are moving to the world of virtual networking...the human touch seems to have been sacrificed in the process...

Vishnuvardhanan Vijayakumar said...

Shanker, Facebook / Orkut helps in connecting all our friends across continents – but it can never get us new friends. Similarly all the education software’s I was talking about will only assist the teacher – student – parent relationship. It can never substitute any of the three elements.

svenky said...

Super da esp... scanning and putting it up instead of typing it out which is really boring......

Vishnuvardhanan Vijayakumar said...

hehe :) yeap... i have a scanner right in my office.

Chandra Jayaramakrishnan said...

Very thoughtful Nano, I would imagine this would definitely save many a student an embarrassment of having to sit through a Parent-Teacher meeting and see the amused looks of other parents and peers around you while listening to the continuous rants of the teacher to your parent over many an issue.

On a serious note, sounds great and if implemented, I'm sure it'll reap a spectrum of benefits - especially wrt to clarity for a student.