Google Launches Chromebook App Hub for Educators Plus Other Classroom Tools

As a part of Googe’s educational announcements at ISTE 2019, the company officially launched the App Hub with content from Epic!, Adobe, Khan Academy and others. It also unveiled new product features in Quizzes in Google Forms, Classroom, Course Kit and more.  Chromebook App Hub is designed to help teachers and other curriculum administrators more easily find educational tools and apps to use in the classroom.

As Google previously explained, teachers today often surf the web to seek new ideas and activities to help them create their lesson plans. Meanwhile, curriculum specialists field special requests from teachers but are tasked with making sure the programs requested meet the district’s policies.  The Chromebook App Hub aims to address both these scenarios by offering a place for educators to discover ideas and resources, as well as learn how they can be implemented in the classroom and if they meet district policy.

Google worked with the EdTechTeam to help gather the ideas around apps, it says.  It also worked with the nonprofit Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) to help app developers better consider the data privacy aspects of their products. That way, the districts would be able to find the appropriate solutions that meet their own privacy requirements.  Google additionally consulted with the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and ConnectSafely on guidelines focused on creating “healthy digital citizenship habits,” it says.

he ultimate goal, of course, is to better establish the Chromebook’s presence in the classroom, as App Hub’s apps and activities are designed to run on the Chromebook computers.  Schools and classrooms are a newer battleground for devices, with Google, Microsoft and Apple all investing in various initiatives in the K-12 market.

Google launched a beta program for teachers that lets them create a rubric and attach it to an assignment, so students know how their work will be graded. The rubrics can be created in both Classroom and Course Kit.  It also launched tools that let teachers lock Quizzes in Google Forms on managed Chromebook so students can’t navigate away until they submit their answer.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Sarah Perez in TechCrunch, follow this link for the complete article and more details.

Here are some additional sources to get different viewpoints on these new tools:  Engadget and T.H.E. Journal.