Improving digital skills and learning outcomes for students in Visakhapatnam, India.

In partnership with the Google Future Classroom initiative, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) equipped 147 schools with Chromebooks and G Suite, empowering students of all backgrounds to gain the digital skills they need for the future while also improving learning outcomes across all subjects.

Connecting the classroom

The Google Future Classroom initiative helps educators empower students by letting them drive their own learning with digital tools and skills that can better prepare them for the future. To do this, a Chromebook is provided for every student, along with G Suite for Education and K-Yan, an integrated computer projector. Students are supplied with content in both English and Telugu. And they’re able to use Hangouts to collaborate and Slides for making presentations, while teachers can track grades using Sheets.

Used in combination, these tools can accelerate learning, creativity, and critical thinking by making it easier to share, comment on, and present work in the classroom for students and teachers alike.

“Google Future Classrooms is increasing the curiosity among students. Now, they are able to understand concepts better and teaching math is easier with the tools available. It is possible to save a lesson and reuse it in another section which is saving a lot of time.”

Gowri Shankar, math teacher

Increasing educational opportunities across GVMC

GVMC is committed to ensuring that each of the 21,800 students across its 147 schools reaches his or her full academic potential – regardless of their economic circumstances.

Providing equitable access to modern technology can dramatically improve the way learning happens, allowing students to more easily grasp complex concepts and work more collaboratively with both their peers and teachers.

“Students with access to Chromebooks, G Suite, and K-Yan have seen their grades improve by an average of 15% across all subjects. This, in turn, has led to an increase in enrollment at the school of 12%.”

Mr. Hari Narayanan IAS, Commissioner, GVMC

Better grades lead to higher enrollment

At KDPM High School, the Google Future Classroom initiative has already had a pronounced impact on learning outcomes. According to the commissioner, “Students with access to Chromebooks, G Suite, and K-Yan have seen their grades improve by an average of 15% across all subjects. This, in turn, has led to an increase in enrollment at the school of 12%.”

A girl using a Chromebook

What’s next

Fortunately, making connected classrooms broadly accessible is now a real possibility. Through the Google Future Classroom initiative, schools across India are shifting the way learning happens, from rote memorization to engaged discovery. Teachers can focus on teaching rather than on technology, and empower students to dive deeper into their studies.

GVMC has rolled out the Google Future Classroom initiative across 147 schools, where it has had a dramatic impact on more than 21,800 students and 600 faculty members. For the next phase, GVMC will roll out the same technology to its remaining area schools so that all of its students can access the learning tools they need to prepare for a brighter future.

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