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Google Brings K-12 Education Apps to Marketplace
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Google has introduced a new education-focused area in its Google Apps Marketplace, which provides Web applications that integrate with and extend Google Apps. According to the company, this area will be a central destination for educators to find new Web applications specifically intended for K-12 and higher education use. The apps don't require additional logins, are available from the Google navigation bar, and can access data stored in Google apps with approval.
Currently, the site has 24 applications, including Aviary Design Suite for Education, a set of free tools and templates for creating multimedia projects; RCampus ePortfolio, a free version of an e-portfolio environment; and Applane SIS, a six-month trial version of a student information system still in beta form.
K-12 listings include Haiku, a learning management system; LearnBoost, a gradebook and lesson planning program; and Grockit, a free version of a $99.99 social learning platform that lets teachers create individualized instruction for students and that integrates with a school's Google Apps for Education domain.
The company report it will add Web applications from Blackboard, Knewton, and other education companies shortly.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.