Mumbai, August 07 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the classroom learning of students, the Maharashtra state school education department announced its tie-up with the Technology Giant – Google that will enable about 2.3 Crore students and teachers from one lakh Government and Private schools in the state to access its blended learning programmes that combines classroom approach with online learning. Google will deploy free tools like G Suite for Education, Google Classroom and Google Meet that will provide solutions to support remote learning.
All teachers and students will be provided an individual G Suite ID so that they can access Google Classroom and ‘G Suite for Education’ to ensure that every student irrespective of his/her location, experiences continuity in learning.
Google Learning Tools – Features
Teachers can use the Google Classrooms and Meet to conduct live classes and create, review and organize assignments.
The tools will enable interactive sessions, which will allow teachers to explain lessons, and students can also ask their doubts while sitting at home. Homework can be uploaded, and teachers can check them online, said state officials.
Teachers will have unlimited cloud storage, enabling them to develop content and make it accessible to students even at a later date. Even parents can submit their complaints or suggestions through the system.
The State Council of Educational Research and Training will also provide teachers training through the platform.
Overview of The Tie Up
The project was launched by Chief Minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday August 5, 2020 and will cover over 1.09 lakh government, private, aided and unaided schools, and benefit over 2.3 Crore students.
Thackeray said while launching the project online, “Maharashtra is the first state in the country that is launching such a project. Coronavirus has forced us to adopt the changes that were supposed to come in the future”.
Speaking further, Mr. Thackeray said, in such a crisis when the world is at a standstill, how to restart education is one of the primary concerns we face today. “We often say this proverb, “Instead of tomorrow do it today”; I feel this global crisis (COVID-19) has led us from the present into the future.”
School education minister, Varsha Gaikwad said, “Each solution has been designed to be easy to use, flexible and scalable. They will now be available to scores of teachers and students across Maharashtra, for free”. Ms. Gaikwad also said that the government looks forward to a long-term partnership with Google in building the digital education ecosystem.
Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and Vice-President, Google India, said, “Since the COVID-19 outbreak, over 32 crore children in India have been impacted by school closures, making access to quality education even more critical.”
Last month, the state government had allowed students from Class 1 to 8 to attend online classes so that they could start the academic year 2020-21 while being at home. However, initiating online classes posed a problem according to the officials.
The move is significant amidst the shutdown of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new academic year of schools in the state should have started on June 15, 2020 in normal conditions.
Google for Education solutions enable students to learn better and help teachers to provide excellent educational experiences by nurturing individual needs.
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