NEW YORK — Google, Yahoo and the other tech giants are all set to unveil their first-ever online school and driving school in Britain this week, the companies said Monday.
The launch of a “digital-age school” in the U.S. has been postponed due to Hurricane Florence and the U,S.
government’s response to the flooding in Houston and elsewhere in the country.
Yahoo and Google announced the launch of their new online school “Digital Education Academy” in a blog post.
It is expected to be available for schools in England, the U.-S.
and Australia in 2019, Yahoo said.
Google said it is planning to launch its online driving school next year in London.
We’re thrilled to announce that the first of our new digital-age schools, Digital Education Academy, is coming to the U-K.
https://t.co/eHw5ljvxW6 pic.twitter.com/h6H8l7yYgJ — Google (@google) October 12, 2019″The launch has been delayed due to the ongoing recovery of our internet service and the threat of floods in the UK,” Yahoo said in a statement.
“As we continue to build the world’s largest digital learning ecosystem, we’re proud to continue our work with the government to support the creation of the digital-aged school in the United Kingdom,” it added.
Yahoo said it would also work with British authorities to make sure the new school is compliant with the country’s national curriculum.
Google, Facebook and Yahoo announced the schools will be available through the British Education Foundation (BEF), a charity that has been helping British learners prepare for a digital world.
Beefed up security measures and an “Internet of Things” approach have made the new schools less vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to Google and Yahoo.
According to Google, the school’s goal is to create a “world-class online learning environment for learners across the country.”
“This is a first for our schools in the world, and we’re delighted to be part of a global partnership that’s taking us further towards that goal,” Google said in its blog post, adding that the school is expected in the summer of 2019.
On Monday, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo confirmed that they will be launching the first online school to operate in the British Isles.
Facebook said it will offer online education in England.
Microsoft said it planned to launch a virtual campus for learners at its campus in the University of London next year.
Apple has also said it plans to launch an online driving and learning school in London by the end of 2019, a move that could boost its prospects in the technology sector in the future.