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Google helps GVSCCL to provide education to Visakhapatnam school



Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL) has announced a three-year partnership with IL&FS Education and Technology Services to provide holistic education solutions including hardware, software, training and certification to schools in the city of Visakhapatnam. To start with, 31 schools are being enabled with this solution. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the India Foundation Day for Smart Cities Mission held in Visakhapatnam.


Google’s education offering enables students to learn using open web technologies including apps and interactive content. The future classroom lab setup blends the needs of a digital classroom through the use of K-Yan, an integrated computer projector and personalized learning through the use of Chromebooks for each student. Under the partnership, the schools will be provided Chromebooks with GSuite for Education. The content on the Chromebooks will be available in both English and Telugu. The devices come with Chrome Management Console(CMC) for managed and secure learning experiences for students, when accessing the internet and professional development for teachers. The partnership includes skills training for teachers to enable them to effectively enhance the classroom experience. Finally, teachers will be certified on two educator level certifications to introduce edtech led teaching-learning in classrooms.


M. Hari Narayanan, IAS, Managing Director & CEO, GVSCCL, said, “Under the Smart City initiative, our vision is to transform conventional classrooms by empowering teachers to integrate digital tools and aids seamlessly in their teaching process. Our aim is to accelerate learning for students and encourage creativity and critical thinking. Google India and IL&FS Education are our valuable partners in our journey as their open web technologies coupled with the training and certification provides us with a solution to enable both the students and teachers.”


RCM Reddy, Managing Director & CEO, IL&FS Education, said, “We are committed to empowering and developing the social infrastructure of the country. With the focus on providing Edu-Tech led solutions to schools to take the teaching-learning spectrum to greater heights, we are thankful to GVSCCL for the valuable partnership to carry the vision to transform the education delivery in the classrooms. With Google coming in with its technology coupled with professional development program for teachers, we are confident of smart city initiative of Visakhapatnam in Education acting as a torch bearer for the state.”


Bani Paintal Dhawan, Head of Education, Google India, said, “What's coming next in technology will shape our future. We are committed to empowering schools and teachers with 21st-century learning skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. We are delighted to support the state’s Smart City initiative by enabling the creation of future classrooms.”

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