Byju’s, the Indian edutech behemoth, announced a partnership with Google to help Indian schools with online learning. The partnership aims to combine Google Workspace for Education and Byju’s Vidyartha to create a collaborative and personalized digital platform that will be free for participating educational institutions. Byju’s math and science pedagogy and learning solutions, which include chapter-by-chapter slides, premade assignments, data banks, summary sheets, and handouts, will allow educators engaged in the programme to give remote learning to their students.
The platform will also include Google Classroom and access to Google Workspace for Education, which includes tools like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms, in addition to Byju’s services. Teachers will also have access to Google Meet, a free event where up to 100 people can meet and use Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals.
By registering on the Vidyartha site, schools can receive access to the platform’s built-in collaboration with Bjyu’s and Google.
Every school that signs up will receive official email IDs for all instructors, students, and administrative staff, according to Byju. The software will also help organize, access, and track virtual classroom learning and provide end-to-end Classroom administration.
“Through our relationship with Google, we hope to contribute to the digital revolution by providing our educators with the technological and learning resources they need to ensure educational continuity. Mrinal Mohit, Chief Operating Officer of Byju’s, said in a prepared statement, “We are extremely excited to engage with Google and feel that our relationship will be a crucial facilitator in the new wave of re-defining the future of learning.”
Bjyu’s confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the site will initially exclusively contain digital content in English. At this time, there are no firm plans for additional languages.
Vidyartha, a Bengaluru-based customized student platform, was acquired by Byju’s in January 2017. According to its LinkedIn site, it was created in 2011 and now has over 3,000 schools on board.
“With the increased adoption of online learning and teaching, educators are seeking more meaningful methods to bring their teachings to life, and we believe that new service makes online classrooms that much more engaging and fulfilling,” said Bani Dhawan, Google’s Head of Education for South Asia.
Since the outbreak last year, Google has been working hard to expand its virtual classroom tools in India. In August of last year, Google partnered with the Maharashtra State Education Department to provide free access to its technologies, including G Suite for Education and Google Classroom, to one lakh schools across the state. To appeal to a prospective Indian audience, Google Classroom was also enhanced with extra Indic language compatibility.
Google said in February that its digital tools are used by more than 170 million students and educators around the world. Over 50 additional features were also added by the company to make online schooling easier.