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

75476 Google mobile logo 300   Google Play For Education Set To Enter Classrooms With A Play Store For Educational Apps [Updates]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?

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Rajaa Chowdhury

Apple iPads were strong in the education space in schools, colleges and universities primarily due to the smart way of Apple highlighting the education category in iTunes store and the education apps categorised there and the iTunesU portal. The iPad devices were not greatly different in capabilities than Android tablets for the education, but the apps and the iTunesU portal rally stood out and made the difference. Now with this initiative and if Google can properly highlight the YouTube Education Portal, the Android tablet platforms should scale up to become worthy competitor to Apple in the education sector. Besides a cheaper price point and open platform and multiple brands should make it much more attractive to the cash strapped students. Good move, Google!!! Now they need good partners to highlight these advantages to the education sector and position the solution there, likewise to Apple and their academic partners.

Rajaa Chowdhury

But to give it to apple, Google does not really understand channel business. Learnt it the hard way with Google Apps managed partnership in India.

Saikat Basu

Well, they are going in with NASA and PBS to start off. Maintaining quality should be a prime directive. The apps will come with teacher recommendations, so that’s one good thing. I am not sure how all of it will implemented in the end. Let’s see.

techguyknows

I love how you integrate technology with education. This will be the future of schools!

Saikat Basu

The future is already here. But we should focus on how the developing and poorer countries use educational technology for scaling up their education. Poor nations can’t even provide proper textbooks. Can cheap technology be a solution? A lot of people are working on this problem.

Rajaa Chowdhury

In India, Educomp is pioneering in this field and Tata Interactive has followed suit. Probably you can come out with articles how schools in a developing country like India has benefitted for these solutions. Lots of case studies too. Baba Ramdev’s gurukul in Haridwar also even uses Educomp’s solution. There was a news coverage of it recently. Lot’s of schools in India has implemented Educomp’s e-learning solutions in their classing with digitised whiteboards, interactive screens and educations apps for all subjects.

Saikat Basu

India has around 60-70 odd companies in this space. Google hosts a Apps for Education summit in India too which is great for exposure. I think last year, it was in Mumbai.

India’s indigenous cheap tablet experiment may have failed, but there’s a lot of potential. Also, accounting for the fact that we have one of the largest mobile consumer base in the world. The problem with India is that tech-saviness is urban centers which is around 30%. But technology offers a great opportunity to take education to the masses in a cost-effective manner. If only the private sector could be pulled in.

Rajaa Chowdhury

Yes. I have an anecdote in that regard. Around middle of 2011, I met the Nodal Officer IT, Mr Debpratim Mishra, Presidency University, College Street, Kolkata. Erstwhile Presidency College then recently became a University and wa in the transitioning phase. The Core team was also being formulated. So Presidency University was looking for an emailing solution, and as before Zimbra was free, they were thinking in those lines. Unfortunately, by that time Zimbra was taken over by VMWare, and became a priced produced, and due to budget constraint they thought of initially to go for 250 users, though they wanted more. That is when I suggested them GApps for Education, educated them how it is much more than just email and a totally collaborative environment and demonstrated the solution. They were totally convinced and sold on the solution. By the last quarter of 2011, we enabled 5000 users of GApps for Presidency University and currently in a phased manner they are enabling it. Currently all the staffs, around 500 users and using it and the next phase all the students would be enabled to GApps. Though monetarily it was not too rewarding, however as an IT consultant, this project gave me immense pleasure to been able to hlp out a historical education icon of our City of Joy, Kolkata. You can vist their website and click on EMail http://www.presiuniv.ac.in/web/ . If you want to run a story you can contact Debpratim Mishra @ http://www.presiuniv.ac.in/web/contact.php . His email is given there.

Rajaa Chowdhury

I can also say that private schools are showing interest in technology based education in India. Academia International School at Kolkata is using educomp solution. Schools in Assam are also implementing.

Checkout Universal School Tardeo, Mumbai in their website http://tardeo.universalschool.edu.in/ Academics->Beyond Academics->TEACHnology and the nest menu should be very interesting for you. :D

Bill L

I’ll be working to implement Google Apps in our school this summer and fall. With the infrastructure we have, it’s hard to know how the Play store would be particularly useful. We don’t have android devices. I don’t see a flood of Android devices coming into our district anytime soon. We’re just getting so a point where we aren’t cutting staff to make ends meet.

Will there be crated desktop apps made for the app suite, or will students have BYOD access? That might make it useful I guess.

Rajaa Chowdhury

I used to be a GApps consultant. It is a BYOD solution totally. :D I would suggest you to contact Debpratim Mishra, details in the posting above. He is the System Manger and IT Consultant of one of the most renowned University of Kolkata which has produced many stlwarts of Indian society ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_University,_Kolkata ). Also you can consult me for any help and queries. For further details of Gapps for edu refer to http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/education/ and also check out the case studies. Wish you all the best with GApps implementation at your school. It will totally transform the way your school works and educate, I assure you. :D

Lee

I think BYOT/BYOD will be a perfect partner with Google Play for Education. I am hoping that since all of the apps in the Chrome store are web based that the apps within Google Play for Education will be similar. Then it is a matter of using Chrome as your browser.

Also, our district is in the midst of massive cuts, but we still have many schools purchasing Chromebooks in bulk. These devices are more affordable, and in the opinion of this Apple Fanboy, more useful than an iPad.

I’m excited about what Google is bringing on!

Rajaa Chowdhury

Yes, all the Google Apps extension, either from Google or 3rd. party are all web based and cloud integrated. You are thinking in the correct line. :)

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.

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.

David Moreira

Props to Google for doing this.

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.