YouTube is receiving a new section to help students as well as educators who have to stay in quarantine due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This new section on YouTube is called YouTube Learning, and it will feature curriculum-related content for topics on physics, math, and biology, language studies, study hacks, and other subjects. Some of YouTube’s prominent academic-related content creator would help in providing the content for this section. A user can access this section on mobiles as well as computers through the Explore tab.
YouTube revealed that YouTube Learning wouldn’t just feature curriculum-related topics, but there would be content related to skill development as well, and thus you will get content on Yoga, photography, and other such activities too.
Initially, the platform would only support English and Hindi content. However, YouTube has promised that they would add Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Bengali as well as other language content as well.
In addition to the above-mentioned content, Google is also bringing the premium features of Google Meet video conferencing platform available for free to G Suite and G Suite for Education customers. This feature would be available free of cost until September and can let up to 250 participants in a single video-conference. Google has also trained teachers from hundreds of schools on how to use this system.
Google has also started an EDU hub that provides resources to help with the fundamentals of remote-teaching. As for educating the children on how to deal with the pandemic, Google has added books recommended by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on its reading app.
Google is also making a few changes in its app store, Play Store, and has added a kids section that includes apps that are “teacher approved.” These apps have been scrutinized to ensure that they provide content that is appropriate for the kids. The company told us that it planned to launch the kids’ section by the end of 2020, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it decided to launch the app immediately to help children who are stuck at home.