Showing posts with label Google Play. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Play. Show all posts

Friday, October 20, 2017

Molecularium: Molecule Building Game


My Molecularium is a new free game app that challenges players to build a wide variety of molecules. It is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

This app is part of the Molecularium Project, which is the outreach and education effort of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Nanotechnology Center. The mission of the Molecularium Project is to expand science literacy and get people of all ages excited about science.

Applications for Education
This is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about molecules and the world around them. Games are a great way to introduce and reinforce ideas.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Radiooooo - The Musical Time Machine


Radiooooo is a site that brings together music from around the world and organizes it by decade beginning in 1900 through now. Simply click on a country, select a decade and music will begin playing. If you are feeling more adventurous then you can select "taxi mode" which allows you to select multiple countries and decades.

You don't need an account if you just want to listen to music, but you will need one if you want to upload music. Radiooooo is available as an app in both Google Play and on iTunes.

Applications for Education
Radiooooo can be used in the classroom to listen to music from different regions of the world. It provides an interesting way to navigate around the world to listen to what was popular during various decades. This would be a good resource for world language, social studies, and music classes.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Short Guide to Using Google Books for Research

Google Books is one of the research tools that Google offers, but a lot of students overlook. Google Books can be a good place for students to look for books and look within books that can help them with their research projects. In the short guide below I provide updated directions for the basics of Google Book search.

For directions on publishing your own PDFs to Google Play, click here.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Register to be One Of the First To Know When Google Play for Education Goes Live

Earlier this week Google announced that they will be launching Google Play for Education this summer. Google Play for Education promises to provide many of the features that teachers have wanted to have available through Android for a long time now. If you want to be one of the first to know when Google Play for Education is available, sign up here on the Google in Education page.

I think that the best part of Google Play for Education will be the ability for teachers (or administrators) to purchase apps and push them out to all of the devices in their schools. If the entire school is too big of a group, the option to create smaller groups of devices will be available too. Teachers will also be able to use Google Play for Education to push video and documents out to all of the devices in a group.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Google Play for Education Promises What Teachers Have Wanted from Android

Cross-posted from Android 4 Schools

While I was busy leading a day of learning about iPad apps at Bridgton Academy Google announced a new service that could make Android tablets a stronger challenger to iPads in education. Google Play for Education (not live yet) promises the features that many of us have wanted for a long time.

Google Play for Education will be an app store designed specifically for teachers and students. Developers will be able to submit their apps this summer. Some selected developers announced at I/O include NASA and PBS. The best part of Google Play for Education will be the ability for teachers (or administrators) to purchase apps and push them out to all of the devices in their schools. If the entire school is too big of a group, the option to create smaller groups of devices will be available too. Teachers will also be able to use Google Play for Education to push video and documents out to all of the devices in a group.

One thing to keep in mind about pushing apps and videos to Android devices through Google Play for Education is that all of the devices will have to be part of a Google Group created through Google Apps.

H/Ts to The Next Web, Venture Beat, and Android Central

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Create a Private Google Play Channel for Your School

This week Google Apps for Education administrators were given the option to create private Google Play channels. In a private Google Play channel you can restrict distribution of apps to just the people within your domain. It's important to note that this only works for apps that are developed by people within the domain. You cannot use it to push 3rd party apps to users of your domain. Google Apps domain administrators can find directions for creating a private Google Play channel here.

Applications for Education
If students in your school are developing Android apps using the MIT App Inventor, distributing those apps through a private channel could be a good way for students to get feedback from teachers and students within your domain. If you would like to learn more about the MIT App Inventor please read my post about it here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Where Are My Apps, Books, and Music? In Google Play!

The big Google news that I missed this afternoon while I was flying to the NCTIES conference is that Google announced the rebranding of the Android Market as Google Play. Google Play is where you can now find the Android apps, Google Music, Google Books, and Google Play Movies. If you have an Android tablet or Android phone the Android Market app will be automatically updating (provided you have background data enabled) to provide access to the new Google Play store.

One thing that I was concerned about, and I'm sure many others were too, is how the change will affect the apps, music, and books currently in my Google account. The simple answer is, it doesn't. All of your apps, music, and books are still accessible just like they were before.

The other concern I had when I read about Google Books being integrated into Google Play was if the change would affect the Google Books search tools. The good news is that Google Books search and organization tools haven't changed. The Google eBookstore is what changed. In other words the directions I offer in Google Books for Educators are still accurate.

Learn more about Google Play in the overview video below.