Google Lens adds a homework mode to help kids solve math problems
Going back to school has taken on a new meaning thanks to this year’s global COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of attending school, many students around the globe will take their education virtual. To help, Google is introducing new tools to help students at home, including a new Education mode in Google Lens.
According to Google, when students encounter a particularly difficult math equation, they can use Google Lens to help. Simply take a photo of an equation using Lens, and the Google-owned service Socratic will provide students with helpful results.
In some instances, Socratic and Google Lens will display step-by-step guides to solve the problem, along with detailed explainers to better understand key concepts. We first discovered an education mode was coming to Lens, and it’s arriving just in time for the new school year. The previously discovered “Places” mode also started rolling out recently, letting you scan images to detect famous landmarks and buildings.
The new Education and Places modes in Lens are rolling out via a server-side update. Lens is a service within the Google App, so you should download the latest version of that app from the Google Play Store to ensure you’ll have access to these new modes. In order to access Lens, you can either tap the button after calling up the Google Assistant, or you can download the Lens app from below which simply acts as a shortcut to Lens within the Google App.
In addition, Google announced that students can now visualize nearly 100 STEM concepts across topics including biology, chemistry, and more. If students search for “Quantum mechanical model,” for example,” they can view a 3D atom up close and in augmented reality. The upcoming school year will be very different for many educators and students. Google’s new tools aim to make the situation a little easier.