PlanetSpark: Transforming Education through Game-Based Blended Learning
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To spark the joy of learning in children and to become India’s most trusted brand in K-8 learning by providing engaging and outcome focused learning experiences

“Blended learning will bring about the next disruption in education” – Clayton Christensen, Architect of Disruptive Innovation

With the account of ‘India can finally say no to boring Tuitions’, PlanetSpark is altering traditional KG to 8th tuitions through game-based blended learning, which incorporates classroom teaching with technology, right in the neighborhood. With a swiftly expanding branded chain of 150+, tech-enabled home-based schooling planets in Delhi NCR, PlanetSpark is rendering common tuition classes obsolete through robust and gamified learn-tech products and certified teachers in K to 8th education. Being a tech-based, full stack platform, PlanetSpark is organizing the yet unorganized and massive K8 Tuitions market through a full-stack platform for blended learning.

The Dynamic Duo

Maneesh Dhooper and Kunal Malik co-founded PlanetSpark. Manish completed his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and gave up his career at Novartis, Switzerland to move back to India and set up this education venture. Before co-founding PlanetSpark, he has managed UrbanClap as the head of the education services business. Kunal Malik has also completed his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and has worked in India’s leading FMCG Company, Unilever in diverse positions spanning Business Partnering, Supply Chain, and Factory. Designed by educationists from XLRI Jamshedpur, PlanetSpark gathers its inspiration from child cognitive psychology and learning pedagogy and offers it in an engaging and gamified means to make students fall in love with academics.

Under their leadership, PlanetSpark has accomplished many victories and have splashed its colors of success all over the world. Forum for Indian Institute of Technology and Joint Entrance Examination (FIITJEE) backs PlanetSpark as India’s largest education companies as its seed investor. Entrepreneur Magazine identified it among The Top 50 Emerging Startups of 2019 and it is also noticed as one of The Top 10 Education Apps by Silicon India.

Core Value Prop

PlanetSpark provides its core value prop to the customers in the form of “Blended Learning” and “Game-Based Learning”.

Blended Learning, a combination of classroom and online learning is on the verge of revolutionizing K12 market across the world. For young kids, there is a dire need of a combination of face-to-face learning and tech-enabled learning. Pure play “Learning Apps” does not solve the issues, as young children need a physical tutor to take their hand, look at them in the eye and guide them through the learning process. This is the importance of a teacher in early education. Hence, in the firm’s “Blended Approach”, children have an instructor teaching face-to-face with the aid of tech-based learning, which makes learning fun and opens infinite avenues to support the learning process. According to the firm, it is the future of K8 education in India and worldwide.

Games Based Learning is simply learning through games. Games considerably build up the learning process and further make it a fun-filled and worthwhile experience. PlanetSpark’s internal data indicates that there is a 600% rise in learning time spent since the introduction of learning games. It can scale mobile-based learning games through an internal tech product that lets trainees fill up a short form and outputs a new learning game URL within minutes.

Core Beliefs

The STEPS methodology of PlanetSpark draws inspiration from inquiry-based learning, child cognitive psychology, gamification, and active learning pedagogy to craft learning experiences designed for pre-teens in the format that they love and enjoy the most! This helps in better conceptual clarity and greater retention. Students at PlanetSpark are much more engaged at learning by using the game-based learning approach.

PlanetSpark’s core beliefs are:

Learning is fun: Every child can fall in love with learning if taught the right way

Mastering concepts: Learning is incomplete without mastery of a concept

21st century needs smart skills: The 21st-century child must possess critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills

Lectures are for the past: The child should be actively involved in the learning process

Major Events Organized by PlanetSpark

PlanetSpark organizes mini-workshops at the teacher’s place. These workshops have the dual purpose of creating an engaging session for children and also educating parents about PlanetSpark’s learning system.

Concerning the future development, the app creator is at an inflection point and is ready to scale. In the next 12 months, it will:-

  • Scale up to seven cities
  • Generate a supply of 5,000 registered partners and one lakh unregistered tuition teachers
  • Have 40,000 PlanetSpark students and 1 million app users
  • It will be live in entire K8 all subjects full-stack tutoring

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