Google is an iconic name in today’s internet world, but the company’s mission also extends deep into the educational realm, as well.
Google, the largest subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc., continues to prove its commitment to helping more people – especially those in underserved communities – benefit from the promise of technology, in the classroom and beyond.
The internet goliath is striving to help close the digital divide that separates kids who have access to technology from the kids who do not. It is also devising ways to improve the digital literacy of kids and instructors who are knee-deep in a digital life.
In the face of declining government funding for public education, Google is one of the private organizations stepping up to make a difference.
To that end, Google is providing $50 million in grant funding through Google.org to provide students with the right learning materials, offer teachers the latest skills and techniques, and make learning possible outside of the classroom.
In fact, in a pilot program called the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP), Google is giving Digital Promise a $6.5 million grant to research and implement a professional development model that uses coaches to help teachers optimize the use of technological resources in classrooms.
A partnership between Google, Digital Promise, and EdTechTeam, the DLP is a national program to help educators in low-income communities build advanced classroom technology skills.
Implemented in the fall of 2017, the program is underway in 50 schools in 20 school districts across five states including Alabama, California, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Google’s investment in education is far-reaching and multi-faceted.
While the company not only seeks to help provide technology to those who need it most, it is also trying to address the “new digital divide,” something that has sometimes been referred to as the “second-level digital divide.”
In other words, technology alone is not enough for students; teachers and students must be given guidance in how to harness this technology within the context of critical higher-order thinking and 21st century skills like communication, collaboration, creativity, and more.
The digital divide is a complex issue that is evolving by the day. And even as strides are being made to enhance technology in classrooms, other schools are falling further behind due to their lack of high-tech resources.
Thankfully, Google is one corporate citizen going above and beyond to help transform technological learning possibilities into dynamic realities.