By: Jaleesa Murrell
Google is finally throwing its hat in the ring with educational innovations. Google is introducing Play for Education, a platform that organizes content by education type, age, and various other criteria to make the content discovery process simpler for higher learning institutions. In addition, the content has the educator’s stamps of approval so users know that they’re accessing quality content. Now more apps and e-books will be available to those who did not have access to them before.
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 it to one central account. There is already a pilot program underway with six New Jersey schools and general access won't be until sometime later this fall.
I think this is a great idea to decentralize most of the educational technologies already on Apple. Some schools cannot afford Apple machines so with the addition of this platform that can be used on Windows and Androids, which are cheaper. More schools with a tight budget can now have access to more educational technologies.
I am very excited to see what happens next, and will be keeping an eye on this project.