SPAIN: The Salesian publishing house Edebé Group develops partnership with Google for Education for the production and distribution of digital educational products
(MissionNewswire) The Salesian publishing house, Edebé Group, located in Barcelona, Spain, and Google for Education have reached a collaboration agreement for the production and distribution of digital educational products for adaptive learning in schools through the use of artificial intelligence and data analysis, otherwise known as Big Data.
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, professor of internet governance and regulation at the Internet Institute at Oxford University and author of the book, “Big Data,” has said, “The great hope of Big Data is that every student have a personalized and adaptive tutoring with costs that are not prohibitive.”
Salesian missionaries have launched this initiative with these words in mind. The use of artificial intelligence in school will offer students personalized learning, adapted to their needs, with the content and materials they need at all times. Reaching the maximum potential of each student, according to his or her abilities, will be the objective. The technology will provide educators with a virtual assistant that will facilitate the individualized planning for each student and will be able to detect and solve the challenges of the learning process.
Marc Sanz López, director of Google for Education for Southern Europe, said, “With this strategic alliance we want to accompany leaders and teachers in the process of transformation and evolution of education, having technology as a key ally to achieve this goal and to support their projects.”
As a result of this agreement, the first products will be made available during the 2019-2020 school year. The collaboration between the two companies aims to drive digital transformation by combining Google’s digital tools and Edebé’s digital educational products and content. These new products integrate with the Google for Education ecosystem consisting of the “G Suite for Education” collaboration and communication platform and Chromebook devices.
The agreement will also allow the latest findings of artificial intelligence and adaptive learning based on Big Data to be within reach of the educational community and they will be able to respond to its great challenges.
Antonio Garrido, general manager of the Edebé Group, said, “This collaboration agreement allows us to support the digital transformation of schools and give teachers more time to personalize the teaching and be able to make every student face his own challenges.”
Salesian missionaries have been working for many years to provide educational and workforce development opportunities for poor youth and women in Spain through residential and technical and vocational training programs.
Salesian centers in Spain operate close to 50 vocational training centers that employ 1,300 teachers and offer 17,000 students a chance to gain an education. In addition to these centers, the Pinardi Federation of Salesian Social Platforms and the Salesian Association of Technology and Innovation offer vocational training courses. All Salesian vocational centers have the support of companies from a variety of business sectors to give students real-world work experience.
Close to 37 percent of young Spanish workers under the age of 25 are unemployed and a growing number of them can’t afford to buy enough food to live. Poor youth with few employable skills struggle the most to find and retain stable employment. Women in Spain face inequality in the workforce. They earn up to 14 percent less than men and represent only 34.5 percent of those listed as the highest earners in Spain.
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