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Google Play's Role in K-12 Learning

With Google among one of the largest companies in EdTech today, it’s important to consider how other aspects of Google, such as the Google Play for Education store can be incorporated in grades K-12.

“The Google Play for Education store is one way for teachers to find and download student-focused apps that have an impact on learning,” according to Meg Conlan of EdTechMagazine.

“In a recent EdTech webinar, four K–12 educators were asked how they incorporate Google Play into their technology programs.”

For the answers, EdTechMagazine turned to Beth Mossholder, a technology coordinator and K-8 technology teacher at Colorado’s Challenge to Excellence Charter Scool, according to the article. Also sharing their knowledge was Julie Stewart the school’s team lead for grades 2 and 3.

Mossholder and Stewart shared their thoughts and experiences when it came to using Google Play apps that fit into Common Core standards.

“One of the great benefits of Google Play for Education is that many of the apps list Common Core standards, which is helpful for teachers choosing an app that aligns with those standards and the current curriculum,” said Stewart and Mossholder.

“Google Play for Education also lets educators review an app by looking at grade-level assignments and tips that have been written by teachers who have used the app in their classrooms. These added pieces allow teachers to see what has and hasn’t worked, so they can gauge whether it’s worthwhile for them to try the app with their own students.”

In terms of training that is offered by their schools, Stewart and Mossholder told EdTechMagazine that their school believes in providing the training for educators because they want their teachers to feel comfortable when in comes to blended learning.

“When we have our scheduled professional development days, there are usually several hands-on sessions that allow teachers to see firsthand how other teachers are using technology in their classrooms,” said Mossholder and Stewart according to the article.

“We even offer teachers an option to schedule appointments to go and observe other teachers during the regular teaching day.”

The two professionals expressed very important aspects of Google Play and EdTech as a whole. Nationwide, schools are continuing their push for blended learning and Stewart and Mossholder’s insight might be quite beneficial to those institutions.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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