We’ve written a few times before about how Google could use its control over the education market to reshape the education business in its favor.
And we’ve seen how that can be done in the form of Google-powered curricula that have been rolled out over the past few years.
The one that is finally hitting the market is the one Google is now rolling out with Pearson, a subsidiary of Pearson, Inc. (PEPCO) that has been in business for 25 years.
This new curriculum is not a traditional textbook.
Rather, it’s a collection of Google’s own courses that are customized to fit each individual student’s needs and interests.
Google has said that it will only provide students with one book each, but this one is a lot more expansive than that.
It includes courses in biology, math, science, business, engineering, and psychology, and covers topics like social engineering, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and more.
Pearson said in a press release that this curriculum will “provide students with the most comprehensive foundation in modern education” and it will also be accessible on mobile devices.
It’s important to note that this is an entirely new curriculum, and that it is still being built out.
The Pearson curriculum has already undergone many changes, but it’s unclear how many of these have been implemented to Google’s liking.
The curriculum is available for purchase on the Pearson website, and there is no word yet as to when this new curriculum will launch.
In the meantime, Pearson’s curriculum is being marketed as a toolkit that can help students prepare for a variety of advanced STEM subjects, and it has even been given the code name “Digital Master Class” in reference to Google, according to Recode.
The new curriculum has been met with mixed reviews.
Some teachers have been very supportive, praising the curriculum for providing the “most comprehensive foundation for modern education.”
And many parents are concerned that it doesn’t have a proper introduction to the subjects in the Google-designed textbooks.
Pearson’s announcement that the curriculum is free is a positive step, but as long as the curriculum isn’t widely adopted, Pearson may not have the resources to develop this curriculum in the way it should.
In addition to its focus on education, the curriculum also includes an “education ecosystem” that will allow users to connect with other educators through Google Groups, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
There are plans for a Google-created “Google+” community where teachers can share lessons and ask questions, and Google’s employees can participate in these discussions.
These are all good things, but in a way, they also suggest that Google will be able to make it easier for parents to find teachers and schools they might like.
And parents will have to pay a subscription fee for these features, and some schools have reportedly been asking parents for a refund for their subscriptions.