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Google Play for Education, unveiled during Google I/O, is a program to get Nexus tablets into the hands of students and provide a curated app store offering content to fill those tablets with. Google released a video today aimed at the developers who may someday produce the apps that will eventually populate their store. It's also an interesting watch for educators curious about what technology may soon enter their classrooms and parents tired of their children learning on iPads (assuming their classrooms have tablets at all).

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The video demos the app store in action, which should look familiar to anyone visiting this site. Google Play's Education store isn't all that different from Google Play itself, just child friendly. Schools administrators can try apps for free and purchase content in bulk. They can then deploy apps across all of a school's tablets with just one click. Check it out:

As for Google's other educational ambitions, the company reports that over 25 million students and faculty use Google Apps, over 3,000 schools use Chromebooks in some capacity, and over 700,000 videos have been uploaded to YouTube EDU. Not bad.

Bertel King, Jr.
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  • Jeffrey Smith

    As much as I love all things Android, I'm not sure I feel much better about school-mandated Nexus tablets than I do about school-mandated iPads. However, a heterogeneous solution would have a whole set of problems of its own. So I don't know what the answer is.

    • Drew M

      I think the answer is that we're not going to stop it, and we need to resign to the idea that our children are going to learn differently than we did. An Android solution would at least open possibilities to parts of the US and the world that can't afford the technology. Schools that have ipads, like my daughters', generally have them due to an education grant.

      • Matthew Fry

        I like my wife's idea of Chromebooks. Powerful enough to do the things the tablets can more cheaply and with a keyboard.

    • Cody Shiranai

      Nintendo in Japan gives away free DS's to schools as educational tools (tax write-off), which mostly using things like Brain Age and such. I wonder if they upgraded to 3DS's and it's mostly the even HARDER Brain Age type programs and freeware?

      School-mandated Nintendo DS before either Apple or Google got in on it.

      • Matthew Fry

        That's one way to get your console out there...