Netbooks, PDA and Phones Thread, Google Play for Education in Technical; I like the sound of this.
Source : The Verge
Google just announced a new initiative to put Android tablets ...
15th May 2013, 08:55 PM #1
Google Play for Education
I like the sound of this.
Source: The Verge
Google just announced a new initiative to put Android tablets in schools and take on Apple on turf it has dominated for years, and its calling it Google Play for Education. It's a custom app store filled with curated apps specifically for students and educators. Developers can start submitting apps this summer, and the store will launch this fall — possibly in time for the next school year. It requires all students to have a Google accounts, and teachers can then pick an app and install it across all of the classroom's tablets. The store itself will be sorted by grade level and subject matter. Google's Chris Yerga also mentioned that Google was making it easier and cheaper to get Android tablets in schools, but there were otherwise no details on how Google will solve the longstanding problem of getting expensive hardware out to students. We do know that Google is already testing Google Play for Education in schools ahead of its planned fall rollout.
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jumpinjamez (18th June 2013)
15th May 2013, 09:11 PM #2
Was interesting, even the app rollout sounds great if it works.
16th May 2013, 12:08 AM #3
Here's a link to the Google Play Education part of the Google I/O keynote (1:25:34)...
16th May 2013, 01:00 AM #4
You'll also be able to distribute eBooks to Android devices by uploading ePub or PDF files, so this could potentially replace Kindle's in schools too.
Play for Education also makes use of Google+ groups, so schools and universities can quickly push apps, books
and other content out to their students and even bill to one central account. A pilot program for the service has already been underway with six New Jersey schools. Despite Google making the service official today, the actual sign-up window for general access won't be until sometime later this fall. However, developers can start submitting their applications right now. (Source
16th May 2013, 01:06 AM #5
Apparently the management will be much better, signed up for a preview
16th May 2013, 07:52 AM #6
Says it's done via Google+ groups. Last time I looked users had to be aged 13+ essentially meaning KS4,KS5 only.
16th May 2013, 09:02 AM #7
Very interesting though, maybe Apple are planning the same for education... *hopes*
17th June 2013, 08:48 PM #8
17th June 2013, 08:53 PM #9
13th November 2013, 10:03 PM #10
Google Play for Education is now available in the US. Hopefully the UK isn't far behind.
Introducing Tablets with Google Play for Education « Google Enterprise Blog
Schools can choose from three classroom ready tablet options: Nexus 7 (a 7” tablet) available today, and the ASUS Transformer Pad (a 10” tablet) or the HP Slate 8 Pro (an 8” tablet), both available early next year. Schools can set up a classroom of tablets in minutes with a few simple taps. Just hold the administrator tablet together with the student tablet to set up each device quickly. Tablets with Google Play for Education are built on Google Apps for Education so students use their Google accounts to log in seamlessly. Tablet pricing starts at $229 and management is $30 per tablet.
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