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Google Play for Education

It’s no secret that Google is a powerhouse in technology, but did you know that Google is taking serious steps towards improving educational technology in the classroom?

Google’s Play for Education — which will house apps and videos that are searchable by grade level, subject area, and other criteria — is one the company’s newest ventures, and it has the potential to be a great resource for parent at home and teachers in the classroom.

The format of Google’s Play for Education isn’t that different from it’s general app store, Google Play, or than its competitor, the Apple App Store. Developers share their apps on the storefront, and consumers download them.

The difference is that the apps and videos available on Play for Education, which will be entirely focused on K-12 education, will be vetted by educators and used in pilot programs before being made available for purchase.

According to engadget.com:

“Google's [Play for Education] submission process requires all applications marked as suitable for K-12 to first pass through a network of non-affiliated educators for evaluation before then being measured against the Play for Education store's requirements for classroom use. If selected, developer's applications will be made available to the many pilot programs currently underway across the country, with an eventual full-scale rollout when Play for Education officially launches sometime this fall.” (source)

Google is now accepting submissions from developers who’d like to be part of the Play for Education storefront. The full site is slated to be available to teachers sometime later in 2013.


“It’s education everywhere at all times, which is what a teacher’s dream is,” said one teacher from Hillsborough, New Jersey, about using Play for Education on tablets in her classroom.

For school districts or classrooms interested in using Play for Education, Google plans to offer bulk purchasing discounts. Google has incorporated other school- and teacher-friendly perks to Play for Education as well, including bulk hardware purchasing and purchase order usage (rather than teachers using credit cards to purchase classroom apps).

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