New smart teaching app Rain Classroom launched
Rain classroom is a new smart tool for teaching which launched earlier this year. It was jointly developed by Tsinghua University and XuetangX in Beijing, China and specially designed to be used in a blended learning environments.
Rain Classroom, a free app available on WeChat ( one of the most popular software apps for mobile in China), allows students to interact with their teachers in class and out of class using their smartphones. Teachers can communicate with students’ mobile phones, sharing slides, videos and exams. Students are able to send their feedback in a timely manner, helping instructors adjust teaching strategies. Rain Classroom provides real-time and personalized analysis of students’ class performance and has a friendly user interface.
Wang Shuaiguo, the founder of Rain Classroom, said “In less than two years we have reached more than three million users covering nearly 100% of Chinese universities. Our application is providing free access to more than 10,000 MOOC [Massive Open Online Course] videos allowing teachers to integrate Rain Classroom with any type of learning system that they may be using”.
The English version is now available. Users must have WeChat to install the app and it also works in English.
“We want to cooperate with universities around the world that wish to upload their courses to include Rain Classroom, sharing advanced teaching practices. Our application has been very well received, not only by students and teachers, but also by the authorities of the Ministry of Education of China.Rain Classroom is seen as a tool to modernize and introduce the use of active learning technologies in middle and high school education. .
XuetangX is a world’s leading platform for lifelong learning. It was devoted to bringing together quality education resources from schools, enterprises, and providing low-cost, efficient access to knowledge, certificates, credits and even degrees. At present, there are 10 million registered users and more than 1,300 MOOCs courses.