In the wake of COVID-19 crisis, Google is offering premium Meet video conferencing features free for schools through September 30.
Google Meet has crossed 50 million downloads on Play Store, a massive 900 per cent increase in user base in a span of few weeks as people work from home.
Meet is currently hosting 3 billion minutes of video meetings and adding roughly 3 million new users every day.
Google said that its ‘G Suite for Education’ tools can be used from any device and help more than 120 million teachers and students around the world work and learn together.
The tech giant has also launched a new ‘Teach from Home’ hub for teachers with information and resources so that they can keep teaching, even as many schools closed due to Covid-19.
“This hub includes tutorials, step-by-step guides, and inspiration for distance learning during school closures,” Google said.
The new Kids tab on Google Play makes it easier for parents to find enriching and engaging apps for their children.
Teacher Approved apps must meet Play’s Designed for Families security and privacy requirements.
The Teacher Approved programme was launched in the US in early April, and will be rolling out globally later in the year.
The Family Link app from Google helps parents create healthy habits for their child or teen as they learn, play, and explore online.
Another ‘Be Internet Awesome’ programme teaches kids about digital literacy and online safety.
The programme features an interactive game, Interland, that reinforces internet safety concepts for kids in a fun and engaging way. It’s available globally in over 28 countries and 15 languages.