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Back at Google I/O 2013, Google Play for Education was announced. This is more or less a curated app market inside of Google Play that offers apps designed specifically for the classroom setting, which works well for both developers and teachers. As of today, Google Play for Education is officially open.

If you're a developer, getting your app into GPfE is actually quite simple – just mark your app for inclusion in the Developer Console. From there, it will be reviewed for approval and assigned an appropriate grade level according to the GPfE guidelines. Once approved, you're good to go.

Ultimately, this will allow educational apps to be discovered by schools and installed on students' tablets across the entire campus with a single click – that's powerful. Not only for the teachers (because, c'mon, anything that makes a teachers life easier is a good thing), but also for developers.

For more information on to get started with Google Play for Education, head here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    Happy dance!! :) More Android in education is a great thing!

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    Kids these days... What's wrong with the good old pen+paper? Oh god i sound like an old man and i'm only 24.

    • PhoenixPath

      Pen and paper is great, and hopefully having tablets available will compliment their use.

      (It doesn't have to be one or the other...)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      For real. And what's up with cars? Horse and buggy worked just fine. And email? C'mon, that's what USPS is for. I can't even figure out why we have TV - AM radio is definitely sufficient.

      Technology, what a waste.

      • wolfkabal

        I agree with @psydex to a degree. My son who's now in the 7th grade can't write for shit. Penmanship is horrible and he has zero clue how to write in cursive (they simply don't teach it here). Why, because the do a majority of their work on computers.

        • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

          I feel sorry for schools sometimes. Back in the day, they taught me how to write neatly and hammered us with spelling tests. Now I work as a writer, but I never lift a pen, and, thanks to ubiquitous spell check, the only word I need to remember how to spell is my name.

          • slurivariv

            Actually, you don't even have to remember that. You can add your name to the dictionary, lol.

          • Jeffrey Smith

            Of course, its knot always enough two halve spell check.

          • Tech Guru

            using computers, cell phones and tablets now for over 20 years and my penmanship is horrible, I can hardly write neatly anymore. spelling has gotten worse also due to spell check--I find myself misspelling the simplest of words, sometimes not even trying to spell it correctly just wait for the red underline and fix it later.

        • Sir_Brizz

          Let's be serious. I was in Elementary school 25 years ago, and I still have garbage penmanship. It didn't take technology to make that common, it has been common for 50+ years.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Many of us never use pen and paper on a typical work day, and even fewer workers will need them 5, 10, 15 years from now when these kids graduate. Proficiency with apps and technology are something many employers want to see in a new job applicant, not great penmanship.

    • Matthew Fry

      Well, elementary schools teach cursive but never teach typing. *That's* ridiculous.

  • Eli Shirk

    Will students be able to access Google Play for Education directly? Not all schools are handing out tablets to their students, but a lot of students have their own devices that could benefit from exploring Google Play for Education on their own.

  • folkrav

    To people who wonder why we use technologies in school, or think they shouldn't be used, here are some observations:

    - Spell check doesn't do the job to write correctly. Spell check tools only do one part of the whole job, finding spelling mistakes (and some basic syntax). Writing correctly is more complex than that, by far. I worked with some dyslexic kids who had trouble not making any mistakes, even with a laptop with specialized spelling software.
    - Technologies should be used as tools to accomplish the same job, not as a replacement of other tasks. Example : play a memory card game on a tablet instead of cards in preschool. They are a way of doing things, the same as pen and paper. Nothing is wrong with either of them. They have their own strenghts and weaknesses, and should be used in complementarity.
    - You can't blame the technologies for every bad thing the school makes with them, but the school or the teacher to use them the wrong way.

    Source : internships in preschool/elementary school and future teacher.

  • Cesar

    This makes me happy.

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