Maharashtra utilizes Google technologies to handle e-learning amidst COVID-19 outbreak


Maharashtra was India’s first state to embrace Google’s G Suite for Teaching, and Google Classroom for online education administration. It is estimated that the network will serve 2.3 Crore children across 1,09,942 state schools. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called it “a positive step” at the release of the initiative on Thursday that will also influence other sectors, and particularly the notion of “work from home” in the midst of the lockdown.

“Our primary concern was the restart of education rather than the reopening of schools,” Thackeray explained, stating that it was a moment of honor for the state to become the first in India to embrace this new tech. Also there for the launch were Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and Minister of School Education Varsha Gaikwad.

With the collaboration, the Department of State School Education will offer its own G Suite ID to individual teachers and learners to guarantee that each pupil across regions will keep studying while also preparing teachers to utilize electronic teaching platforms.

Blended learning initiatives will be provided to students and teachers free of charge, using Google technologies. On Google Classroom, learners will be able to view videos, homework and other material across devices in both synchronous and asynchronous mode. Teach From Home, a knowledge center, is helping educators find information about Marathi education resources. More than 1,34 lakh requests for the training courses have been received, Gaikwad said, adding, “The government is trying to solve the problem for access (to online resources) by partnering with communities, NGOs and schools.”

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