Google Play For Education Set To Enter Classrooms With A Play Store For Educational Apps [Updates]

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Another one of Google’s I/O announcements, Google Play for Education is a new initiative that aims to make it easier for schools to implement mobile learning in classrooms. Google Play for Education is a customized, curated version of the Play Store designed for K-12 needs. Announcing the launch at the I/O event (Google’s annual developer conference), Google said the education-centric Play Store will launch this fall.

Google Play for Education will contain apps organized by subject and grade level, so when looking for a specific app (e.g. a Math app) for a specific grade level, it will be easily discoverable. The apps will come with recommendations from teachers to ensure quality. App purchases by schools will also be streamlined with app purchases charged to a common school credit card which Google will have on its files. The most interesting feature, however, is that the new Play Store will allow schools to simultaneously download the same app to multiple devices Google’s cloud infrastructure will push the apps across the board and help schools scale up rapidly.

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Large scale distribution could enable Google to gain traction in the trending area of educational technology. An it won’t end with Android apps, as Google will surely follow this move up with videos and books as well. With Android devices like Nexus 7 on hand, Google could easily cut into Apple’s pie in the education sector. Could it be a win-win situation for schools that can avail of cheaper teaching aids thanks to Google’s push? This remains to be seen.

What do you think of this new initiative? Will you use it?

Source: The Next Web

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Comments (19)
  • James carter

    Now easier to win in life with education. Same is what the schools and companies doing by developing schools parent communication mobile apps like SchoolA2Z to develop school education level in much better way.

  • Chris

    Until Google will accept Purchase Orders for payment from schools, it will not take off. Some schools have access to a credit card, but not all. We do not provide that access in our district. Just not a common sense thing to do anyway. We use Google Play cards that we buy from Staples with a PO.

    • Saikat Basu

      Well, these are early days and Google is a flexible company. I am sure they will tweak their model as and when necessary after taking feedback from the academic market.

  • David Moreira

    Props to Google for doing this.

  • mike

    This sounds like a great idea. As a parent I would like to see a parent involvement app. I recently downloaded Teacher app by Academically Informed. I think parents would love this app! It makes communication so much easier.

  • Jamie Hibbard

    Can’t wait for this, we already have 80 cheap android devices in our Junior school (7-11). I couldn’t find anything cheap in the play store so I made an educational app that also helps maintain the school network. With educational playstore this will be made even better.

    You can check it out http://www.edudroid.co.uk or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.bigfishstudios.eduDroid to download now.

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