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Google Play for Education, a step forward for schools

Anyone who sees the presentation that the company made two days ago might think that they have limited themselves to looking at the roster of proposals that Apple has, and launching everything that was missing. Well, some will surely think that way, but it is much better to think that finally another company is taking a step forward in the education sector by launching tools that schools, teachers and institutes can take advantage of. Google Play for EducationIn fact, it is the result of the demonstration that Android applications and tablets are being used in schools, and that they also deserve a platform that facilitates the use of all these tools.

25 million students and teachers use computers with Chrome OS operating system, Android tablets, or applications for the latter operating system. Spain is one of the countries where they are used, with one million participants. In fact, we appeared on Google I / O, along with other American schools.

Among all that was presented, the new store stands out especially Google Play for Education, where all the applications that are specially directed to the educational sector will be included. And obviously, not just applications, but content such as books, videos, or recordings. But it will not be a place where you can simply find that content, but the teachers themselves will be able to manage the groups with which they are working. This way, you can recommend applications that they should use. And what’s more, not only can you recommend the applications, but you can also send them to the students’ tablets, and add the collection of these to a common account. This is ideal for schools to create an account with funds directed toward the purchase of education apps. In this way, teachers would only have to select the applications, share them with their students, and it would be the center itself that would be taking care of the payment of the apps, without the need for any of the students to do anything other than download it. .

But not only have progress been made in what has to do with applications, but now Google is also going to make offers to schools to buy tablets and computers for students. Computers with Chrome OS operating system, and Nexus tablets ideal for education will be available. Obviously, no school can take care of the purchase of these tablets for students, and less in the times in which we live, but we never know how things could change. It is not difficult for any student to spend more than 200 years a year on books and educational materials. In the end, if tablets are discounted, we do not know to what extent it might be more profitable to give tablets to children, together with applications prepared specifically for them, than to “give away” books. And we could still go much further. It is true that a laptop will always be more expensive than a year’s books. But the reality is that nowadays having a computer for studies is almost essential, if this can be obtained through the school for a reduced price, then the situation already varies.

And all, without taking into account that a tablet or a computer can last many years, while books in the end are only one year. To this we would have to add many things. How much does a calculator cost? We already have it on the tablet. What if it’s a graphing calculator? We could easily exceed 100 euros. In a tablet we have not only graphing calculators, but much more powerful programs. Usually they are also paid, but the truth is that the price is much lower.

And finally, if all of this makes education even better, then the expense is justified. We do not live in a time when financial aid will allow high schools to buy these tablets for students, but if technology continues like this, high schools could become a kind of store where you can buy tablets and computers at a lower price . One must ask oneself, how much does a table or chair cost? How much does a whiteboard cost, and a projector? Can we calculate the budget of an institute and see if it is feasible to find a way to provide tablets to students? It is a matter of time before this becomes a reality.