One of the most annoying problem that everyone has spent growing up is not knowing where they will get to use all the math that is being taught in school. Be it owing to the image of math to be a convoluted monster, or the lack of a patient teacher to walk a child through a complex problem- we’ve all hated Math. What can be seen as a ray of hope in the dense forest of misery is Google’s new feature that helps in solving Math problems step-by-step.
What Does This Feature Do?
In an attempt to become the best educational resource on the web, Google added this new set of functions into its existing band of exhaustive resources.
The stalwart feature among all the other features is the addition of practise problems into its search feature. The purpose of this tool will be to gauge a student’s level of understanding of topics related to Physics, Maths and Chemistry by directly looking them up on Search.
The enhanced job of search here is to open resources from educational partners of Google, for the specific topic that is being asked about. Apart from this, search is also enhancing its results by working on the complex STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) questions, by providing step by step and specific solutions, as well as finding detailed explanations and targeted resources around the specific topic.
Not only does this accommodate for pre-existing questions in established domains, but to ensure understanding, apart from re-routing to a wider database of partnered resources, it will provide access to similar complex questions from related units so as to ensure a broad area of understanding and in-depth understanding of a particular topic.
Even though this is a revolution in which a student seeks out help with forming a basic understanding. Yet, this is not the first-time students are being handed over the key to their learning or getting handed a lot of information on a platter.
Crossing the Language Barrier
In 2020, when digital platforms served as a messiah to save students across the globe from hampering their education, Google worked on elements to assist with the already pertaining issue of remote learning. In December, google had announced that it’s product Google Lens , the image recognition technology, was getting re-designed to accommodate math problems, by analysing the problem and providing a solution to solve it on their own. These solutions would be provided in Hindi or English, based on the individual’s preference.
With these new set of features that will definitely upgrade the way a student uses the internet, Google is also showing its commitment to providing increased accessibility. This is best demonstrated by the Math explainer feature; wherein its not just that the correct answer will be displayed, but actually the right step-by-step answers will appear in over 70 languages.
The Online Shift In Education
The way internet works definitely has been affecting the way knowledge dissemination takes place, but the growing dependence on the internet was (to an extent) accelerated by the pandemic. The traditional class room learning was tried to be replicated with all sorts of web resources. Google has an entire series of app that have been launched only to act like a reliable service provider for all institutions looking for a strong digital presence. With the range of products that come with G Suite- Google Classroom, Live captions feature in Google Meets, Slides, Collaborative feature on Google Docs- etc. All of which are trying to increase the ease with which digital learning operates serve on the pretext that it is adapting to the learning needs of all the stakeholders. The wide variety of products are supposed to help students and teachers adapt to a broad range of needs and learning styles.
This attempt to substitute traditional learning may or may not he fruitful as even though there is a plethora of knowledge already available on the internet, there are also a lot of risks associated with leaving children to navigate on the internet, by themselves and unsupervised. In a scenario where the accessibility to educational resources is increasing, the availability of unsolicited and non-child friendly content is too.
Instances of cyberbullying, cyber stalking and exploitation at the hands of paedophiles on the internet are issues too. Which brings us back to square one- Is this really a boon afterall?