Google Play for Education is announced, with apps and tools for teachers and students
posted by Nick T. / May 15, 2013, 12:43 PM
The use of tablets in schools is nothing new, but it has been mostly Apple pushing the practice's adoption with its iPad and iBooks platform. However, now it is time for Google to join the fun as well. At the Google I/O conference, the company officially announced Google Play for Education - a hub within the Google application store made for both teachers and students.
Google Play for Education is where applications made for education will be listed after being hand-picked and recommended by real educators. Software and educational content will be available for purchase in bulk by schools, with apps being pushed directly to the participating students' Android devices. In addition, teachers will have the necessary tools to push educational content to their students' tablets, including YouTube videos. Software in Google Play for Education will be sorted depending on the subject and on the grade it is suitable for.
With Google Play for Education, Google is aiming to make it easier and cheaper for schools to implement Android tablets within the educational process. The submission of apps will begin this summer, with trials of the platform already running in select schools.
It's a novel idea but I don't think Google can rival Apple's extensive education support.
posted on May 15, 2013, 12:47 PM 6
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I bet few years back you thought the same about Google Play not catching up IOS's app store ?
posted on May 15, 2013, 12:50 PM 12
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To be honest, I'm a teacher, and I am doing project about how to implement iPads in classroom. And to be honest, after a few years using android (phone and tablet), implementing iPad in school is just... Painful... Can be done, but with more steps and shiitts than android.
posted on May 15, 2013, 7:08 PM 2
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Maybe not in U.S. but in other countries I think that Google can.
posted on May 15, 2013, 12:54 PM 2
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Is that why America is said to be falling behind the rest of the world in things like math and reading comprehension? I am an American, and don't want us to be in that situation. But ignoring the problem isn't going to make it go away.
posted on May 15, 2013, 5:20 PM 0
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Mxyzptlk why can't Google rival Apple in education support? Every educator I work with in various elementary, middle and high school level, on the east coast, always tells their students to Google information on educational topics. if Google harnesses this search power with their educational offering it will be a very hard product to compete with.
posted on May 15, 2013, 1:35 PM 5
Google Search is pretty standard. That's not what this discussion is about I'm afraid.
posted on May 15, 2013, 3:49 PM 2
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