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Google Search Education Features for home and school learning

Google Search has free engaging education tools that can help you create more interactive and engaging ways for children and young people to learn both in and out of the classroom.

We’ve picked out three features you may want to try — whether you’re a parent interested in fun home learning ideas to inspire your child, or a teacher looking for new ways to make your lessons even more interactive.  

We’ve added the full slide deck at the bottom of this page so you can have more detailed information on the different education features available on Google Search.

Augmented Reality

You can place 3D digital objects right in your space with Augmented Reality. This is a fun tool to explore with younger children to show them (almost) real-life versions of their favourite animals, including a range of land animals, underwater and wetland animals, birds and house pets — and make them look like they are right there in the room with you.

For older children, search for scientific terms such as human autonomy and cellular structures, or explore cultural heritage sites and objects. These can be fun additions to homework or lesson plans. 

How does it work?

  1. Search for the AR experience you are looking for (e.g. “Skeleton”) on a mobile device
  2. Scroll down and click “View in 3D”
  3. Follow the instructions and bring the educational experiences into your space

A full list of AR features available can be found here.

Google Lens

Google Lens uses the camera to identify products, plants and landmarks, as well as giving you the opportunity to copy handwritten notes or long passages of text and paste them directly to a Google Doc. This can be particularly handy if you want to help your child or pupils to find effective ways to revise and keep their study notes organised. 

How does it work?

  1. Download the Google app (available on Android or iOS)
  2. Click on the Google camera icon in the search bar. (square with a dot in the centre)
  3. Scroll through different Lens features at the bottom of the screen

STEM concepts

Students can search and find hundreds of STEM education concepts across physics, chemistry and maths. It’s a useful search feature for when they need a comprehensive deep-dive into complex questions.

It offers clear-cut answers alongside real-life examples for extra inspiration. For teachers, it is a good one to add to your lesson plans with useful resources from worksheets to practise problems.

Download this slide deck for more detailed information on all available Google Search Education Features.