How is Google supporting education and learning through YouTube during COVID 19 pandemic

As per a post  by Bani Dhawan, Head of Education – South Asia, and Satya Raghavan, Director, YouTube Partnerships – India,  Google has taken various measures to support learning/teaching processes to support student and teacher communities in COVID 19 pandemic, which has necessitated temporary mass closures of schools, colleges and universities.  

To help parents, students, educators (or just the curious) find useful and high quality learning content created by education-focused creators on YouTube, Google has launched the YouTube Learning Destination. The YouTube Learning Destination is accessible on mobile as well as desktop from the Explore tab, and contains resources spanning the full breadth of learning needs, from curriculum-relevant topics in physics, math, and biology, such as Permutations and Combinations,  Why does Salt make food taste better?, How does a plastic comb attract paper?, and Taxonomy to study hacks (How to make smart notes), language skills (How to change basic English into business English) and interest-based content like photography, yoga and more. So whether you’re studying for a test, want to learn a new skill, or are just curious about the world, the YouTube Learning Destination is a handy resource to supplement curriculum learning for students or general skill building. 

The YouTube Learning Destination currently features content in English and Hindi, with Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and other Indian languages coming soon. 

Helping educators transition to remote learning 

To help ease the transition to remote learning during this situation, Google has also rolled out free access to the premium features of Google Meet,  to extend enterprise-grade video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers, globally, until September 2020, which enables upto 250 participants in a single video conference. “In India, we have collaborated with FICCI Arise and have so far trained 250+ schools across 23 states in the use of these tools. This ensures our teachers, students and customers can stay connected and work remotely,” a statement said. 

To enable teachers and educators to get the support they need to begin teaching remotely, we have provided training and tips through the Teach from Home hub, which is also available in Hindi. Google built this resource with UNESCO as a central resource for teachers. 

This resource consists of numerous tutorials categorized around topics like setting up and teaching with and without video, keeping students engaged with discussions and virtual whiteboards, staying in touch with other teachers by sharing teaching resources and even making the teaching sessions accessible to children with special needs by implementing voice typing and closed captions.

It has also launched a global EDU hub comprising a collection of resources that help get started with remote  teaching, to help educators ramp up quickly, while home isolation and social distancing norms are imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

To help kids understand the safety measures to be taken during this COVID-19 outbreak, Google has also released children’s books from MoHFW and Chota Bheem on its reading app Bolo.