Students across Africa can now smile following Google’s upgrade of its Search engine to include digital chalkboard to practice problems for various school subjects.
The tech giant has said the add-ons will enable school children to access the internet to enhance their knowledge on various subjects from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“Google has increasingly made Search a resource for students and others wanting to learn about various topics. The latest additions see Google Search surface practice problems, while expanding other capabilities,” Google said in a statement.
It expounded that African high school students will be able to test their knowledge on high school math, chemistry, and physics where each question posted on Google Search will be directed to a new dedicated section that generates examples, videos and worksheets for over 2,000 STEM concepts.
The new development follows a partnership between Google and an array of education material providers from across the globe among them BBC Bitesize, Byjus, Careers360, Chegg, CK12, Education Quizzes, GradeUp, Great Minds, Kahoot!, OpenStax, Toppr and Vedantu.
The new dedicated sections has educational quizzes that schoolchildren can fill in directly on Google Search (mobile or desktop) with the ‘exam’ results displayed immediately with further resource material provided next to each answer.
Through partnerships with Symbolab, Mathway (a Chegg Service) and Tiger Algebra, Google has expanded its math solver to support different equations thereby complementing the capability recently introduced to Google Lens, while Google AR (Augmented reality)displays digital content and information onto the physical world for over 200 chemistry, biology, physics, and anatomy objects.
The upgrade will in future include results for complex STEM questions where detailed explanations for specific questions and similar ones as well as targeted resources on these types of complex subjects will be available.
The educational content project comes hardly a year after Covid-19 saw schools closed with children being sent home to await return to normalcy. This saw nternet use rise in Kenya with parents left in a dilemma on what internet content is safe for their children’s use.
“These products support screen readers and improved keyboard usage for those with motor disabilities. Practice problems and these other Google Search features are live in English with plans to expand them internationally,” said the statement.