Today is World Teachers’ Day and Google is marking the event with a new hashtag – #ItTakesATeacher. The idea is to build excitement and interest around teachers who have inspired students by sharing stories of how that happened. This will all lead up to another Education on Air event on December 3rd. Until then, Google shared some data about the growth of their products in the education space.
Google is working on the education market through both hardware and software channels. On the hardware side, Google is seeing much success through sales of Chromebooks to school systems. Thanks to their low cost and relative ease to maintain and deploy, more school systems are opting for Chromebooks. According to Google, there are now 20 million students around the globe using Chromebooks for their education. Google does not specify, but that is likely just Chromebooks that are deployed directly by education institutions and does not count the number of Chromebooks purchased individually by students or their parents.
The other side of the equation is software where Google has developed their Google Classroom platform. The base of Google Classroom is similar to the Google Apps for Work – G Suite – platform in providing tools like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and others for use by students, teachers and administrators. Given the education focus though, Google has added many more tools to Google Classroom specifically for the purpose of encouraging use in the school environment. Thus, teachers can do things like manage and track student assignments and grades or share screens to a classroom whiteboard. Mirroring the growth in hardware sales, Google says there are also 20 million teachers and students on the Google Classroom platform.
You can check out Google’s video promoting #ItTakesATeacher below.