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Google Play for Education launched earlier this month as a curated market that distributes apps aimed at helping teachers with classroom instruction. Apps in this separate market are, naturally, both educational and kid-friendly. Another aspect of program is the ability for schools to place bulk orders for Nexus devices, and now an app is available to help school officials activate their tablets once the shipment arrives.

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This app is intended solely for school administrators, helping them to set up their tablets and prepare them to access Google's educational app store. Therefore, it requires a Google Play for Education account in order to work. Administrators can use the app to manage connection settings, device preferences, and homescreens. It's available for download in the Play Store below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Cherokee4life

    They should open this too for Tablets you guy your kids and you only want them doing school work on them... :)

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Apple currently has this market on lock. School administrators think iPad, iPad only when it comes to tablets. Google needs to get sales reps out to schools and show them why Android is better or they aren't going to make a dent.

    Source: saw firsthand my high school make the strange decision to give up Lenovo ThinkPad convertibles and switch to iPads + regular Thinkpads (how does that even make sense?)

    • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

      Could be simply that the ipad has a larger quantity of Education focused apps.

    • Anthony James

      It's available for download in the Play Store below.

    • Johnny Bravo

      apple did start early, i remember back in 4th grade (2004) we could take ibooks home if we paid the $50 insurance fee. Basically they had tons of students get used to apple and its ui. didnt stick with me though

  • Jarrod Davis

    So this is using NFC activate and setup tablets? Cool.

  • Anthony James

    Therefore, it requires a Google Play for Education account in order to work.

  • Balmoral

    Does anyone know when this may become available in other countries? I am a tech teacher in New Zealand and would love to have this functionality.

  • Primalxconvoy

    Where is the Google play store for educators?

  • Alexandre Hitchcox

    What I would love would be an iTunes U kind of thing, with courses and stuff.

  • G0B1IN5486

    Most schools in Australia run on a network proxy. I wonder if Google has done anything to make the proxy configuration settings available system wide and not just in the browser app. Otherwise its not very useful for us if we have to take them home to install apps/updates on them.

    • The Motto

      In the Play Store description it says: "• A connection to the school’s wifi network (and optional proxy)" so that should be covered..

  • SilverNine0S

    In terms of educational software on Android... we're definitely lacking when compared to Apple. Apple has much better education software on their store. For example, why is it SOOO hard to find a good math application that's polished and looks good? I'm not talking about the tons and tons of not-so-great math applications that is all over Google play. There is MathStudio but development is more geared towards their Apple version. Same thing with Sky Safari. It does not run very well on many Android phones but run excellent on iPhone (well it was made for it in the first place). Good thing my HTC One could handle it so that makes me happy.

    Now only if we could get developers to develop much more good education software for Android than it will be awesome!