Our intention is to make science and mathematics enjoyable for students in high schools – Mr. Mathew John, MD, Talentspire
Talentspire, an innovative e-learning platform is aiming to redefine the way Science and Mathematics are perceived by students in schools. Talentspire MD, Mathew John explains this in an interactive session with India IT News Correspondents Anne Henkel and Stijo Sebastian.
What was the inspiration behind Talentspire? Please give a brief on your professional journey to set up Talentspire.
I had begun my professional career in the education software sector with Brilliant Tutorials which was a big name for IIT and NEET training. The blend of education and information technology continued during my stint in US where I worked for NTT Data. The exposure in this industry intrigued me and on my return I met up with a few senior professors who had a passion for imparting scientific temper among their students. Their analysis that there is a lack of inspiration and creativity among science students in this country was spot on and they wanted to make a difference and bring a paradigm shift in the studentâ€™s mind towards science and mathematics. They introduced me to a few research scholars and in a while I went to my colleagues and discussed the possibility of IT for the studentâ€™s community. That is how Talentspire came up.
What makes your Platform stand out between the other initiatives that are already in the market?
Our platform specializes in science and mathematics with the aim to focus on high school students. The product is curriculum based and offers the possibility to test studentsâ€™ actual knowledge in these subjects. Normally other e-learning programmes are usually directed towards the entrance exams for colleges and universities, so our platform is the first one to concentrate on schoolâ€™s curriculum. Because of this uniqueness, many schools have shown interest in our concept and we feel it would be more strategic this way rather than individual sales through the website. We aim to make Maths and Science enjoyable for high schools students.
Is the Programme available only for the students or is it aimed towards the High schools and teachers? Or can students buy it separately for themselves as well?
In our website we have stopped individual purchases as such now, primarily we want to work with schools that is where the students spend most of the time. Obviously, Students can buy the package for themselves to improve their skills, but our main goal is to introduce it to high schools so they can incorporate it in their curriculum. If more schools decide to use the platform, more students will be able to identify their actual knowledge based on the standardized tests. We also want teachers to profit from it and give them the opportunity to participate on these training sessions.
What are the feedback mechanisms implemented to obtain feedback from the people you serve?
There are three things.Â One is periodic assessment of students, it goes along with the curriculum. We will have an assessment module through which the teachers can test the real creative level knowledge of students. Secondly, we have analytics incorporated in the system which will tell them this is where you lack and point them towards learning resources. The third thing is that, we have certain programmes such as “A Day with Scientist” which we organize in the places like the science and technology museum in Trivandrum. The one good thing about this is many scientific experts such as the former ISRO Chairman G.Madhavan Nair and the Director of Science and Technology museum in Trivandrum have shown their interest and their services will be available to the students.
Are you planning to expand this platform to other countries as well?
As of now, we look at the national level and possibly in some Gulf countries as they have many Indian schools as well. However, some other professors insisted on that it should be a global thing ultimately. But we believe in taking one step at a time and we feel such a platform is more needed for Indian schools than any other places. Â