Android 11: Google Play for Education. Kirk Scott. 11.1 Introduction 11.2 Google Play for Education 11.3 About 11.4 Get Started 11.5 Guidelines 11.6 FAQ 11.7 Signup 11.8 Summary. 11.1 Introduction. There are several sections of the Android developer’s Web site
In general, Google Play for Education is based on familiarity with publishing an app through Google Play
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If you've got a great app for education, be part of Google Play for Education to reach even more teachers and students.
To get started, review the sections in this document and learn how to make your apps available through Google Play for Education.
Note that Google Play for Education is currently available to schools in the United States only, with support for schools in other countries to follow.
Assess your app against the criteria listed in Guidelines for Apps and plan on supporting them to the greatest extent possible.
With Google Play for Education, optimizing your app for tablets is a crucial part of getting your app ready for distribution to educators.
Throughout design and development, it's important to have a suitable device on which to prototype and test your user experience.
Proper testing and quality assurance are key aspects of delivering a great app for teachers and students.
Once you've built your release-ready APK and tested to ensure that it meets the app guidelines, upload it to the Developer Console, create your store listing, and set distribution options.
When your app is ready to publish, you can opt-in to Google Play for Education directly from the Developer Console.
Opt-in also confirms that your app complies with Google Play Developer Program Policies and the Developer Distribution Agreement, including a Google Play for Education Addendum.
Here's how to opt-in to Google Play for Education for a specific app:
3. Click the checkbox next to "Include this application in Google Play for Education."
5. In next dialog that appears, shown below, find the "Ads" and "In-app purchases" radio buttons. Check each option that applies.
Ads and in-app purchase: When you opt-in to Google Play for Education, make sure to declare your app's use of ads and in-app purchases.
Our third-party educator network will evaluate apps according to educational value and alignment with K-12 core standards, then assign the metadata for subject, grade level, and core curriculum that makes them easily browsable for educators.
As soon as you opt-in to Google Play for Education and publish, your app is queued for review by our third-party educator network.
At any time, you can check the review and approval status of your app in the Developer Console, under "Google Play for Education" in the app's Pricing and Distribution page.
Pending — Your app was sent for review and the review is not yet complete.
Not approved — Your app was reviewed and not approved. Check the notification email for information about why the app was not approved.
If your app has issues that need to be addressed, make the necessary adjustments, upload your app, and then resubmit the app to Google Play for Education through the Developer Console using process described above.
The sections below list the guidelines and requirements for apps participating in Google Play for Education.
You can use the linked resources to help you develop a great app for students that offers compelling content and an intuitive user experience on Android tablets.
1. Apps and the ads they contain must not collect personally identifiable information other than user credentials or data required to operate and improve the app.
4. App content, including ads displayed by the app, must be consistent with the app's maturity rating.
Your app's use of in-app purchases or ads will be disclosed to educators when they are browsing for content.
Note: In-app purchases are blocked on Google Play for Education tablets at this time.
Collaboration — Allows students and (if appropriate) educators to work together to reach a goal.
As you design and develop your app, make sure it offers high educational value by addressing as many of those characteristics as possible.
High quality apps are engaging, intuitive, and offer compelling content.
You can take advantage of that to provide a simple, seamless sign-in experience in your app.
Android version — Test the app on devices running Android 4.2. Google Play for Education devices will be running Android 4.2 or higher (API level 17+).
No In-app Billing — Test the app to make sure it works properly without access to In-app Billing.
Educators can browse apps by grade, subject, keyword, or standard including common core.
To avoid student confusion in the classroom, also recommend not including any in-app purchase buttons and other UI in your application.
Is Google Play for Education restricted so only its users can purchase from the Google Play for Education?
Is there a way to differentiate an app's pricing between Google Play for Education and Google Play?
Can I offer a free trial through Google Play's "In-app Subscriptions with Free Trials" feature?
I created an app specifically for Google Play for Education and do not want it to show up in Google Play.
If my app offers content for every level of education, how will it fit the common-core standard filters?
These educators assign the appropriate subject, grade, and common core standards metadata, as well as evaluating whether the app meets the Google Play for Education criteria for classroom use.
Does the app maturity rating reflect solely what a user can do within my Android app, or does the web version of my app influence the rating as well?
What is the best way to get students’ work within apps sent back to their teachers?
How can developers test the teacher experience in Google Play for Education?
If I already have an app in the Chrome Apps Pack will I get some help migrating this to Android?
It helps your apps gain visibility with the right audiences, without having to knock on school doors.
We have observed high purchase-volumes in the second quarter of the calendar year, using up end-of-year budgets.
Is there a way to offer a special deal, such as a discount, only on Google Play for Education and not on Google Play?
What log-in method do you recommend for an app on Google Play for Education?
This set of overheads covered the complete set of information currently available on the Google Web site for Google Play for Education