Google Classroom has been adopted by the Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL) for the Smart City that Visakhapatnam is soon to be. The move will help in providing holistic education to students of the district.
M Hari Narayanan, Commissioner of GVMC announced a three-year partnership with IL&FS Education and Technology Services Ltd. The education partner of Google for Education will be providing hardware, software, training and certification to the schools in the city. 31 schools are now being enabled with this solution for a start.
Keeping in mind the Smart City mission, internet-ready and future-ready classrooms are the need of the hour. Google Classroom will enable students to learn via web technologies like apps and interactive content. The move will help bring about the digital classrooms needed via K-Yan and offer students personalised learning with the use of Chromebooks that will be provided to them.
GSuite for Education and Chromebooks will be handed over to the schools under the partnership. Chromebooks will showcase content in English and Telugu and they come with a Chrome Management Console (CMC). Teachers will go through skill training for the enhancement of the classroom experience and they will receive a two educator level certification.
M Hari Narayanan, IAS, Managing Director & CEO, GVSCCL stated, “Under the Smart City initiative, our vision is to transform conventional classrooms by empowering teachers to integrate digital tools and aids seamlessly in their teaching process. Our aim is to accelerate learning for students and encourage creativity and critical thinking. Google India and IL&FS Education are our valuable partners in our journey as their open web technologies coupled with the training and certification provides us with a solution to enable both the students and teachers.”
RCM Reddy, Managing Director & CEO, IL&FS Education stated, “We are committed to empowering and developing the social infrastructure of the country. With the focus on providing Edu-Tech led solutions to schools to take the teaching-learning spectrum to greater heights, we are thankful to GVSCCL for the valuable partnership to carry the vision to transform the education delivery in the classrooms. With Google coming in with its technology coupled with professional development program for teachers, we are confident of smart city initiative of Visakhapatnam in Education acting as a torch bearer for the state.”
Bani Paintal Dhawan, Head of Education, Google India said, “What’s coming next in technology will shape our future. We are committed to empowering schools and teachers with 21st century learning skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. We are delighted to support the state’s Smart City initiative by enabling the creation of future classrooms.”