This partnership brings together the simplicity, flexibility and security of Google Workspace for Education and Byju’s content pedagogy on the Vidyartha platform to aid effective learning at school
In a significant development at a time when online education has become the new norm owing to the global pandemic, homegrown edtech major Byju’s has come together with Google, the world’s biggest search engine, to offer a learning solution for schools in the country. This integration of Google Workspace for Education with Byju’s will offer a collaborative and personalised digital platform for classroom organisation, available for free to participating educational institutions.
With a commitment to digital education, Google Workspace for Education will combine Byju’s’ unparalleled pedagogy to empower educators in their journey towards digital transformation. Built on the Vidyartha platform, this partnership will provide direct access to Byju’s’ extensive math and science pedagogy and visually-rich learning solutions, including chapter-wise slides, readymade assignments, data banks, summary docs, handouts, tests, and more.
“The significant rise and acceptance of online learning in the last one year has led to the swift digitisation of our education system. Teachers and students had to adapt to online learning overnight and are now rapidly discovering its potential,” said Mrinal Mohit, Chief Operating Officer, Byju’s. “Through our partnership with Google, we are aiming to aid this digital revolution and equip our educators with the necessary technological and learning assets to ensure continuity of education. Our partnership will be a key facilitator in the new wave of re-defining the future of learning,” he added.
|“Through our partnership with Google, we are aiming to aid this digital revolution and equip our educators with the necessary technological and learning assets to ensure continuity of education. Our partnership will be a key facilitator in the new wave of re-defining the future of learning”|
– Mrinal Mohit, Chief Operating Officer, Byju’s
Interestingly, the development comes close on the heels of Byju’s recent acquisition of 33-year-old test prep coaching chain Aakash Educational Services for nearly $940 million in a cash and stock deal. This is the biggest deal in the edtech sector so far and has brought together two of the largest and most-trusted education brands in India.
Designed to enable seamless and convenient learning, the platform also features Google Classroom, offering simplicity and flexibility, along with a security experience for all educators. Besides the Google Workspace for Education features that include Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms, teachers will get access to Google Meet – a premium video conferencing solution – where up to 100 people can participate using Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals, for free.
“With the rapid move to online learning and teaching, educators today are increasingly looking for more meaningful ways to bring their lessons to life, and we hope this offering makes online classes that much more engaging and fulfilling,” said Bani Dhawan, Head of Education – South Asia, Google. “We are thrilled to partner with Byju’s in reaching out to schools across the country to bring rich and interactive English-based learning solutions that complement school curriculum, and look forward to working to make this offering available in Indian languages later,” she added.
|“With the rapid move to online learning and teaching, educators today are increasingly looking for more meaningful ways to bring their lessons to life, and we hope this offering makes online classes that much more engaging and fulfilling”|
– Bani Dhawan, Head of Education – South Asia, Google
The solution aims at empowering educators to provide a comprehensive solution for their students including messaging, test conduction, daily classes and well-made pedagogical content from Byju’s. This digital ecosystem will empower educators to create engaging and personalized education that is well integrated with curriculum, based on Google’s world-class security.
Every school that signs up on the platform will get official email IDs for all faculty, students and admin staff, powered by Google Workspace for Education. To aid effective learning at school, this learning solution will facilitate end-to-end classroom management and will help organise, access, and track classroom learning.
Founded in 2011, Byju’s currently has over 95 million registered students on its flagship learning app. The India’s most-valued edtech startup has been on an acquisition spree for the past 12 months. Besides Aakash, it has acquired WhiteHat Jr, Scholr and is in advanced talks to acquire Toppr, Great Learning and Gradeup.