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Friday, October 27, 2006

Mannar Inc. Designs for Education

Mannar Inc's Vision

Mannar Inc. has been formed by a graduate of Stanford University's Learning, Design, and Technology program, to develop customizable digital content for K-12 classrooms (interactive Learning Pages, or iLPs). Mannar Inc. was started with the vision that the days of heavy book-laden backpacks will soon be a thing of the past and electronic medium with powerful multimedia-enriched learning content will soon replace textbooks. The move towards digital content is well under way with both big publishers augmenting their textbooks with some kind of digital content and smaller companies cropping up to fill in the gaps.

So, what is Mannar Inc. trying to do that would make its product different?

Mannar Inc aims to develop content that is shaped by current research in Education and Educational technology and not just to digitize existing content with a sprinkling of multimedia.

Mannar Inc's product is modular - each iLP addresses a particular content standard in its entirety (including activity, content, assessment, etc). Teachers wanting a single lesson can get a single lesson without having to subscribe to the entire program or committing to a full textbook (for example buying a song from iTunes instead of an album!)

Mannar Inc. has a component-based approach to the content. This would enable teachers to go to our website and design their own lessons from many different available components to suit their style (activity-based approach, inquiry-based approach, etc).

Mannar Inc's Business Model

Mannar Inc. aims to create a business model that makes use of both an underutilized and under-served work force – stay-at-home parents. The founder of Mannar Inc. who herself was once a stay-at-home parent has been told by many highly educated and motivated parents that they would welcome an opportunity to use their education and talents without having to commit or commute to a full-time job. Because of its component-based approach to developing content, Mannar Inc. is well placed to offer such an opportunity to qualified individuals. Mannar will build a network of such individuals giving them an opportunity to work in their fields of expertise while providing opportunities for training in new fields.

As the founder of Mannar Inc., I would like to invite individuals with a passion to improve education to come and join my team. I would like to partner with passionate individuals in writing a comprehensive business plan, and creating a successful business model. As an early stage start-up, opportunities abound for continued collaboration and compensation.

Please email vidyar1@gmail.com for more information

This venture is based in Fremont, CA


Shant said...

Brilliant. We are doign a similar work in India. We might like to work together!!!

You can check our website on www.idiscoveri.com

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