tech2 News StaffJun 28, 2016 12:25:22 IST
Google for Education just introduced new tools for education during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2016 conference. The Expeditions app was launched for free to anyone along with Google Expedition kits, which are available for purchase and launched in partnership with Best Buy. A casting feature the for sharing of screens between machines and a projector was introduced, called Cast for Education. an easy way to take quizzes was introduced in Google Forms. WeVideo, Soundtrap and Explain Everything are paid creative apps for Chromebooks.
Expeditions is released on the Android store. It is an application that allows a classroom to go on field trips to remote locations around the world using virtual reality gear. Google has a kit just for Expeditions. The kit contains 30 student devices and 30 VR viewers from Mattel. There is one tablet for the teacher, which acts as a control point. A router is also included. The entire setup needed for a virtual expedition is available for $9,999 (roughly Rs 6.7 lakh).
Google Cast for education is a free Chrome app that allows students to wirelessly share their screens with a projector or other students. The app is integrated with Google Classroom, and there are control measures available to the teacher. The Cast for Education feature is scheduled to be implemented soon. However, those who want to try it right away can do so using the Beta version of the app in Chrome. During the Beta phase, the app will have to be manually installed on every machine.
Quizzes streamline the process of setting questions, keeping a record of answers and tracking the scores. Multiple choice questions and checkbox questions can be auto graded by the application, so that the teacher is free to spend more time teaching rather than checking the answers for quizzes. Educators can choose to disallow students from forwarding a copy of responses to themselves. Notes can be attached to responses, with links to websites, videos, or an explanation from the teacher. This allows for quick feedback to be given to the students.
There are new paid applications available for educators. These applications can be purchased along with a Chromebook, or as stand alone applications. There is a subscription model available as well, for Chromebooks.
Explain Everything is an interactive screencasting whiteboard application. It is a canvas on which students and teachers can create interactive explanations for lessons, with real-time collaboration as a feature. Soundtrap is a sound manipulation applications made for school students. The application can be used to create podcasts or record music. All the data is persistently available in the cloud from any platform. WeVideo is a powerful video content creation and editing software. Multi-track editing is available, as well as cloud backup of the data. There are graphics built in and licensed music available for the creation of student videos.
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