Google’s education tools are free. Teachers are suspicious.

Nov 11, 2018 by

  • Google for Education tools have taken off “like grass on fire,” industry analysts say.
  • The software is completely free and Chromebooks, which are laptops manufactured by other companies running the Google Chrome operating system, are deeply discounted for classrooms.
  • These tactics have worked: Google-powered devices made up almost 60% of computing devices purchased for US classrooms in 2017, up from 5% in 2012.
  • Eighty million teachers and students use the platform worldwide, and there are 30 million Chromebooks in classrooms.
  • Teachers have expressed suspicions about why the mega-corporation is giving away the valuable software.
  • “There is a bit of a mistrust to Google in some way from the teacher standpoint because it is such a large corporation offering everything for free,” Danny Wagner at Common Sense Media said.

 

Michelle Alphe’s French classes in Franklin High School, about 40 miles southwest of New York City, begin the same way most days: with a Chromebook.

“Before class, I’ll post their assignments [on Google Classroom] and the students get right on the computers, log into Classroom, and can start working right away,” Alphe told Business Insider.

Advanced classes might read an article in French, then record a video in which they discuss what’s different between the US and the country they read about. They then post the video on Google Classroom, and their peers watch and comment on the video.

“At first I was resistant to it — I’m a technophobe,” Alphe told Business Insider. “Now, I really like it. It’s made my life a lot easier. I think it has made students’ work easier too.”

Source: Google’s education tools are free. Teachers are suspicious. – Business Insider

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