Back in 2013 Google launched the “Play for Education” program which helped schools and teachers purchase applications and book in bulk for student’s Android tablets. Later on that made it’s way to Chromebooks and to other countries after that, however now Google is pulling the plug. A spokesperson told TechCrunch in the statement below:
As of March 14 or later, Google will no longer sell Google Play for Education licenses. We’re committed to providing schools with the best-in-class tools for the classroom, including Chromebooks, which are the #1 selling device in US K-12 education, and a strong and growing ecosystem of educational apps. We’ll continue to support our Google Play for Education customers and the devices that they have purchased.
Google has not revealed the exact reason for why they are shutting down Play for Education, but it’s pretty obvious they are putting a huge focus on pushing more and more Chromebooks to the education market.
So what does this program shutting down mean for teachers? Essentially it’s just going to make it a little bit harder to get new apps and books on every device as they will have to be installed individually rather than in bulk. However current subscribers will still be able to use the service as normal until the end-of-life dates on their devices. The program shuts down for new users next month.