Saturday, May 21, 2011

My team developed Motuto and that's covered by Tech Crunch :)

Proud of this feat as because Cover Story in Tech Crunch is not something happens everyday and you get to read by more than 3million tech users across the World (may be am wrong with the numbers).

Read the cover story here @TechCrunch . I would suggest you to have a look at MOTUTO it's free to download and am sure no body has done this yet other than us so am definitely proud to be part of the Rockers team who made us proud yet again.

Here’s how it works:

Once the free app is installed, users pick from a range of subjects for which Motuto has tutors on standby, covering much of Grade 7-12 math and sciences. They’re connected to the tutor as soon as one is available (if there’s a wait, the user is alerted via push message when their time comes), at which point their 20 minute tutoring session begins. Tutor and student communicate via text chat (students can also snap and send photos of their problems), while a real-time, two-way whiteboard runs alongside for demonstrations. Sessions are stored on the device for later studying, and can be e-mailed to the student for printing and sharing.

Each new user gets 1 free 20 minute session, after which point each session will cost around 5 bucks a pop. Motuto’s developer, Castle Rock Research, pins this pricing model as their strength; real-world tutors generally don’t come cheap, while their virtual competition (such as tends to charge monthly fees rather than per session.

It’ll be interesting to see how that pricing model plays out. As pretty much every US wireless carrier has learned, a huge chunk of the populace seems to prefer to pay more for “unlimited” access rather than pay less for limited portions – even if they don’t really need unlimited access.

Castle Rock tells us they plan to up the value of their product in the near term with topic-relevant study guides, built to help ensure that any lessons learned are properly nailed in. Also coming soon (“in a matter of weeks”, they say): Android support.

What do you think? Is mobile tutoring the instructional aid of the future?

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