More than a billion people use Google every day to look up information or learn something new. Our Learning & Education team connects users to excellent learning opportunities through our products, such as Search or YouTube, Google Classroom, or Chromebooks, in an effort to foster users’ curiosity and aid in knowledge development.
People used technology more than ever during the epidemic to learn and teach from anywhere, which fueled our desire to use technology to aid even more. Over 320 million kids in India’s schools were unable to continue their education this past year because of COVID-19-led school closures.
The capacity to learn and teach from anywhere is more crucial than ever right now and won’t end with the pandemic, thanks to the education community’s innovation and tenacity. We are pleased to review a few significant achievements from the past few months, during which we have had the privilege of launching many projects to aid teachers and students in better navigating this change.
Our Teach from Anywhere hub was first introduced in April of last year. Since then, we have expanded it to eight Indian languages, including English, and it has assisted more than 9 Lakh people in beginning their remote teaching careers. We also thought it was vital to support the delivery of hands-on training in addition to these web-based training resources.
We collaborated with CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya, and the education departments of the Maharashtra and Delhi State Governments to give information on and access to Google for Education technologies including Google Classroom, Google Meet, and others.
These webinars, which teach the use of digital resources for pedagogy and skill development, have been viewed by more than 5 lakh teachers to date.
But nothing has given me greater hope than hearing from teachers in remote areas who attended these training sessions and reported increased levels of satisfaction, peer respect, and technology comfort.
Azmat, an English teacher at Shirdi Urdu High School in Maharashtra, is one such instance. His school was among the numerous ones that had to discontinue in-person instruction last year. Watch the motivational account of how he and his pupils persisted in advancing education against the odds.
The Classes page of Google Classroom will soon feature a new to-do widget that will help students know what is due, what is missing, and what has already been graded. In the interim, teachers will receive a review widget.
The most significant change is that teachers will soon be able to invite students to their class by sharing a link (really, this wasn’t an option previously). The ability to share lectures will now be possible, according to Google, “wherever they communicate with students, even in messaging systems like WhatsApp.”
Google is also revising reports on original content in Classroom. Soon, educators will have five opportunities to run originality reports for each course (up from three).
Customers of G Suite Enterprise for Education will continue to receive limitless originality reports, and in a few weeks, they will be able to check submissions from their students and websites for suspected plagiarism.
Administrators can manually add or remove files from the school-owned repository if they want to actively maintain it. In order to share reports with students, parents, and administrators, educators will now be able to print, save, and download the reports.
Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and Italian are just a few of the languages that originality reports will soon be available in addition to other languages.
G Suite administrators are receiving more potent tools, to speak of. Due to new Data Studio dashboards that display current classes, track feature uptake, and keep an eye on teacher and student engagement, school administrators with Enterprise licenses will have a better understanding of how Classroom is used in their institutions.
Additionally, Google is simplifying the process of pushing grades from Classroom to a Student Information System (SIS), starting with Infinite Campus users (more SISs to come).
Classroom audit logs are now accessible to all Education admins as well. Administrators with an Enterprise subscription can additionally construct a personalized dashboard on Data Studio or export their logs to BigQuery to view a variety of interaction data.
Last but not least, Classroom will soon be accessible in 10 more Indian languages, bringing the total number of supported languages to 54.
In order to compete with Microsoft Teams and Zoom, Google Meet will offer a larger 77-tiled view of up to 49 people in September. Additionally, Meet will get a built-in Jamboard whiteboard for collaboration and new moderator controls:
- Participants should not be allowed to rejoin meetings after being dismissed or after being turned away twice (launching later this month).
- After class, call an end to all participant meetings.
- Easily manage to join requests by bulk accepting or rejecting them.
- Limit who can speak during a meeting and disable in-meeting communication.
- a situation where the teacher must sign up first.
- Google will provide personalized, blurred backdrops to Meet in October (which admins can disable as needed). Customers of G Suite Enterprise for Education will also receive breakout rooms, attendance tracking, and the ability to divide classrooms into concurrent small group conversations (to see and track which students attended virtual class). All of this will put Meet on a level with Zoom and Microsoft Teams’ comparable functionality.