Chromebooks are growing more and more popular in the classroom, due to their simplicity, cost, and easy management. ASUS already revealed a new Chromebook Flip at Computex 2017, replacing the original 2015 10" model. But now they have announced another laptop simply called 'Chromebook Flip' (great branding there, guys) aimed at schools. Read More
Google Classroom is a fantastic tool for collaboration in schools, but the requirement to use G Suite for Education was a barrier of entry for some teachers and schools. Now Google is opening up Classroom access to normal Google accounts. Read More
The very first thing that college sports fans did when the Moto Maker customization tool came out was make a phone in the colors of their alma mater. Now that's a little easier thanks to Motorola's College Collection. To facilitate better collegiate customization, the College Collection includes nine new back colors and three new accent colors (which don't seem to be available on the standard Moto Maker site). If that's not enough for you, the customized phones also include a clear case with your school logo.
Right now the College Collection 16GB phones are $399.99, including the case, which means it's a free upgrade over the case-less Moto X from Moto Maker. Read More
Diversify and fill all niches. Samsung seems to have learned its basic sciences, because they're applying a naturalist approach to the tablet market: a ton of models for consumers, new specialized versions for professionals, and now a tablet made just for the lucrative education market. Today Samsung announced a new Galaxy Tab especially for K-12 schools. It's only new in a technical sense - the hardware is clearly a black 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3.
The bigger story is the software. In addition to the integrated Google Play for Education system and NFC for easy setup in the classroom, Samsung's press release says that this Galaxy Tab will be loaded with Android 4.4. Read More
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.
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. Read More
Google Play for Education is starting to come together. Last week, Google threw up an 8-minute video detailing their new initiative. Today, developers can now mark their apps for "Google Play for Education" in the Play Store Developer Console. This is how Google intends to seed their new store, which will be heavily monitored and curated, quite unlike the Play Store itself. Marking an app will place it in a queue for evaluation by a third-party network of educators. These educators will assign the apps the appropriate subject, grade level, and applicable common core standards metadata.
Google Play for Education was first unveiled during this year's Google I/O. Read More