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Android Education Tablets Get Multiple Account Support

Google is adding new features that allow multiple students to share a single Android-based education tablet.

Tablets that support Google Play for Education will now be able to support up to five user accounts, according to Emily Bernier, a software engineer for Google Play for Education. Setup will remain essentially the same, with the added option of setting up one to five individual user accounts. Students are then given a PIN code to access their own accounts and their individual content.

Individual student accounts can also later be transferred to new devices. For example, if students have previously had to share a device are given their own devices on a 1-to-1 basis, their individual accounts — including apps and documents — can be transferred from the shared device to the new device.

Google Play for Education is a suite of software tools that include apps, reading materials, educational videos, digital content management, classroom content distribution and app management.

Devices that support Google Play for Education are manufactured by ASUS, HP, Samsung and Google itself.

Additional details about shared accounts can be found on Google's support pages.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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