Google in collaboration with the Maharashtra State Education Department has decided to bring into action digital tools such as G suit for Education and Google Classroom absolutely free of cost across the state. This new initiative of providing education tools and services will be adopted in over one lakh schools, benefitting over 2.3 crore students and teachers in the state. These digital classrooms and service tools provided by Google shall drive forward the ease to advance the process of remote learning in the state since ‘Maharashtra’ has been the worst affected Covid state in the country, leading to a lot of failures and differences in terms of teaching and learning proficiency.
Bani Paintal Dhawan, Google Head of Education (India and South Asia) announced this phenomenal strategy by Google in deploying digital tools through a live stream on Youtube. Not only work from home but with this deployment, Google shall make its ‘Teach from Home’ information hub available in Marathi to the schools, also offering training, motivation and free teacher resources to adapt and cope up to the new distance learning norms. Varsha Gaikwad, Minister of School Education in Maharashtra adds to how this initiative got an overwhelming response within 48 hours of generating an invitation link for Google Classroom training, where 1.34 lakh teachers have responded by sending in their applications. This expresses the fact how teachers and students are conjointly taking forward the technological based learning to the next level, by getting opportunities to participate in a virtual classroom. She adds onto how the government shall provide full support in continuing to work with the community, NGOs, and schools in order to solve any problems they face. Apart from this, Google has also extended its strategies and announced a partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in July, 2020 to push education to such a level where teachers and institutions get to learn the new advancement of digitization. Google also envisioned enabling one million teachers in 22,000 schools introducing the concept of ‘Blended Learning’ by the end of 2020.
By Tunisha Banerjee