Google Play for Education is announced, with apps and tools for teachers and students

Google Play for Education is announced, with apps and tools for teachers and students

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.

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16 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's a novel idea but I don't think Google can rival Apple's extensive education support.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I bet few years back you thought the same about Google Play not catching up IOS's app store ?

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google Play has grown but it's nowhere near the App STORE and it just can't rival the amount of support it receives.

10. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

you think students only use iPads ? many students use Galaxy Note 10.1 and IT IS much better and more useful than the iPad multi window, S-Pen etc

12. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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.

15. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Android is more useful and 100x more open, the schools can even make custom versions of android if they want too.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Maybe not in U.S. but in other countries I think that Google can.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The education standard in many other countries are lower though.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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.

13. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Ignorance is bliss, right? no wonder you are one of smartest people in this site. (sarcasm is there because shooting people in the head is illegal)

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I like it, i like it very much.

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1344; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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.

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Very well said.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google Search is pretty standard. That's not what this discussion is about I'm afraid.

14. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

And so what? Can't you at least once back your argument up?

16. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

If Apple does something, they shall follow.

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