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Google adds books, devices, and professional development to its Play offerings

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January 29, 2014 By: Kevin Hogan

Jan 29

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Google Play for Education announced today a new aspect of their content distribution strategy—digital books. Following the teacher friendly “pick-your-own” app and video announcements last fall, the company has partnered with several publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Harper Collins, Penguin, and Random House, to offer a virtual library service. Students are lent access to digital books for a set period of days during the course of the semester through a reader app—you can play with it here. When the course is over, the books evaporate. According to Google, a few beta schools will begin using it immediately with others starting over the next few weeks.

Several other announcements concerning hardware: Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell, and LG all have new Chromebooks available this spring. Samsung’s newest Galaxy tablet is also Play friendly.

Finally, the company unveiled a new site aimed to help educators figure out to best use all these tools. Look for Tech&Learning advisor reviews soon! For more details, click here.

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