Google Discontinues Play for Education Program
Google has announced that it will discontinue Play for Education, a program used by teachers and administrators to push educational apps and books to Android tablets used by students.
The end of Play for Education will come March 14. Until this date, schools will still be able to purchase licenses for the program. Any previously purchased licenses will continue to be supported by Google after March 14.
According to a recent TechCrunch article, Google Quietly Shutters Play for Education, this change may be due to a declining demand for Android tablets.
The demand for Google Chromebooks, however, is still rising. Google suggest schools continue to use Chromebooks and their “growing ecosystem of educational apps” for any classroom instruction needs.
Certainly, the end of this one small segment of Google’s educational offerings has little impact on the thriving universe of Google educational enterprises, and they will continue to offer numerous new edtech solutions in the future.
To learn more about Play for Education, watch the video below.
Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.