Google is building a cloud application for learning by doing that will let parents manage their child’s homework without needing to leave their home.
The new service, Sona, is a Google-owned company, but it’s based on a Google idea for making the web and mobile apps more accessible for kids, which Google CEO Sundar Pichai called “family learning.”
The Sona app works with Google Cloud Platform and its parent company, Alphabet, to build a personalized, cloud-hosted learning experience that makes it easy for kids to learn by doing.
“Our mission is to make the web more accessible to children,” Picha said during a keynote speech at a tech conference in Berlin on Thursday.
“By making the cloud accessible to all, we can make it easier for parents to share their kids’ information and discover what they are learning.”
That’s where Sona comes in.
Sona will let users manage their children’s homework using a mobile app, a Chrome browser, and a Google Play Store, among other apps.
“What we really want is a mobile application that will allow parents to have a seamless and collaborative learning experience,” said Pichia.
Google, Alphabet and Google Play have partnered on Sona to make it possible for parents and kids to collaborate on homework, which is a growing trend.
Google has been using the platform for some time to allow parents and students to share video and audio recordings of their children playing games and interacting with other kids.
But the Sona platform is different.
“You can actually create and share your child’s video, audio and text for the first time,” said Google Play vice president, Edel Henneberg.
“It’s really exciting.”
The platform is available now for Google Play.
Parents can set up Sona using their own Gmail account, Google Play, or a Google account that Google uses to manage parental controls for its apps and services.
They can even set up an app to sync their son’s assignments and assignments for a teacher to see.
Google Play allows for a single parent to create and manage Sona accounts and parental controls.
For now, Google has only partnered with a handful of companies, but that could change.
Google says that it will work with more companies as it expands the platform.
Google’s Sona service is free and works with apps for both Android and iOS.
The company says that the app is a simple way to help parents and teachers collaborate.
“Parents are always concerned about how they can help their kids learn,” said Sona CEO Edel Hennig.
“But they don’t always know how to manage their own work or the content they are creating with their kids.”
Google says the service will help parents find out more about what they’re learning and create personalized solutions to get their kids the information they need.
The service works by letting parents create a list of questions for their children to answer, then the app lets them manage that list of answers.
For instance, a parent could create a checklist that lists questions that children need to know, then add a note to that list to let the child know when they’re ready to answer a question.
The answer will be displayed on the child’s screen.
The list of items can be sorted by difficulty, so a child can see which items are more important or can be skipped.
Parents who want to get more involved can create and edit lists of questions that will be automatically delivered to their child and give them personalized recommendations.
Google also allows parents to choose to sync a list from the app to their own Google account so that they can see what other children are learning about their child.
Pichais speech came just after Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt spoke at a conference about technology, innovation and education at Google.
Google announced earlier this week that it was partnering with The University of Chicago to create an online course called The Alphabet Teacher, which will teach people how to use Google services to build better learning experiences for kids.
“When we built Google’s cloud-powered services for kids we knew we had to build these kinds of things for kids,” Schmidt said.
“We knew that Google had a huge potential in this market.”
Pichae said the company plans to launch Sona in 2019.
Google is currently building out its own cloud-backed apps for teachers and other organizations.
The technology giant plans to integrate Sona with the cloud-service and parental control tools already in Google Play for teachers.