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CORONAVIRUS: Google and YouTube launch new teaching resources




Google and YouTube have together launched new reserve pages to assist teachers and families to continue educating students while they’re at home from school due to coronavirus.

A Google page, known as Teach From Home, gives references on how teachers can teach remotely using Google products. For now, the page features ideas like making a video call with a class using Hangouts or generating an online quiz using Google Forms. The page will “continue to evolve,” says Google. There is also a “Teach from Home toolkit,” which has information about how to teach remotely prearranged into series of slides.

Teach from Home is presently only available in English, but the downloadable toolkits are available in Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish, and Google states that more languages are “coming soon.”

YouTube’s resource page, Learn@Home, pinpoints educational YouTube channels which students can watch from at home. This page has grouped the channels into those for families with kids from 13 and above, for families with kids five and above, and for families with preschoolers.

YouTube is associating with Khan Academy and other education-focused creators on the effort, and some of the channels highlighted include; CrashCourse, Discovery Education, Cool School, PBS Kids, and Sesame Street. Learn@Home is currently available in English and will be available in Italian, French, Korean, Spanish, Japanese, and more “in the a few days,” YouTube says.

 Google is also initiating a $10 million Distance Learning Fund as part of the company’s $50 million support made through its philanthropic arm, Google.org, to COVID-19 response teams.



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