The tech giant uses technologies from the Socratic mobile learning app to support the Lens feature that is to come. Socratic is Google‘s service that helps students with science, math, literature, social sciences, and more subjects. Socratic itself is available as stand-alone iOS and Android apps.
What is this new feature all about?
The push to add Google Lens educational mode and STEM is part of its improved Google for Education program. It is dubbed ‘The Anywhere School,’ adding 50 new applications across Meet, Classroom, GSuite, and other applications.
The aim is to make it convenient to look up math problems that you can’t understand. Learners will also be able to comprehend STEM topics. Using compatible Android and iOS apps, they will see 3D content looking for about 100 STEM concepts. For example, the pupils can see up close a 3D atom if they want to search the Quantum Mechanical Model. Students need to use Augmented Reality to put it into space, as Google has confirmed.
The internet giant revealed these updates in a blog post. It made a range of statements about innovative technology technologies that would help improve interactive education.
“At Google, we’re honoured to work on tools that lighten the load for teachers, school leaders, families, and especially the students who have navigated learning from home with grace and resilience,” the company said in the blog post.
Also, Google has confirmed that you can now discover nearly 100 STEM-related 3D objects in Quest. For example, if you search for “Quantum Mechanical Model,” you’ll observe a model of 3D atoms superimposed on your surroundings.
How do we use Google Lens? When will it roll out?
This method will also be useful for students who train at home with no help from others. Most students across the world are in a similar condition because of COVID-19. Hence, Google made Google Lens to help students study easier.
What students will need to do is take a picture of the research material, highlight an equation or a fundamental question that you can not seem to understand. Google Lens will then get easy access to step-by-step directions and comprehensive explanations of the homework.
Apparently the functionality on Google Lens’ Education Mode and Places Mode is rolling out with an upgrade to the app. Therefore, it might take some time for the latest modes to appear on all smartphones.
Nevertheless, as well as the modified Socratic and Google Lens app, you need to make sure you have the new version of the Android app installed on your computer. To get the patches you should go to the Google Play Store.
Google’s other student-friendly resources
Jennifer Holland, Google’s Director of Education System Management, outlined other resources that may support students who choose to stay home because of the pandemic.
She said the tech giant improved the Read Along feature, promoting children’s enjoyment of reading. Google Meet’s live caption and a smart speaker app named Family Bell are also added to the new resources. These items will keep the students on track by announcing when it’s time to resume a lesson online and when it’s time to rest.