If you've got great Android and Chrome apps for education and want to reach even more teachers and students, you can join the Google Play for Education program in a few simple steps. You do everything using the familiar tools and processes you currently use to manage your Android or Chrome apps.
Note that Google Play for Education is currently available to K-12 schools in the United States only.
To publish an Android app in Google Play for Education, review the information on getting started with publishing on Google Play. You’ll gain access to the Developer Console, where you’ll manage your details, apps, and payments.
To publish a Chrome app in Google Play for Education, you'll need a Chrome Web Store account.
By participating in Google Play for Education you’ll be placing your apps before a new audience of teachers and educators. To address this audience, there are specific guidelines and policies your apps should meet and specific design considerations too.
To prepare for a launch on Google Play for Education, start by reviewing the guidelines for educational apps in Google Play and the policies that apply to your apps. See the Education Guidelines for details.
Also, make sure that you're familiar with the policies that your app must comply with. For Android, they include content policies, the Developer Distribution Agreement, and Google Play for Education Addendum.
Great apps for educators and students offer educational value, are designed for K-12 classroom use, deliver a compelling feature set, and are refined to offer a polished, high-quality tablet experience.
Assess your app against the criteria listed in the Education Guidelines and plan on supporting them to the greatest extent possible. In some cases you might need to modify the app’s features or UI to support classroom requirements. It's a good idea to identify any changes early in development, so that you can address them properly.
With Google Play for Education, optimizing your Android apps for tablets is crucial. A variety of resources are available to help you understand what you need to do — a good starting point is the Tablet App Quality guidelines.
Throughout design and development, it's important to have suitable devices on which to prototype and test your user experience. It's recommended highly that you acquire 7-inch and 10-inch tablet devices and set up your testing environment as early as possible. The recommended 7-inch hardware device that replicates the Google Play for Education environment is the Nexus 7, which is available from Google Play and other stores.
For Chrome apps, optimizing your apps for mouse, keyboard, and touch is just as important. Some students will use touch as their primary input method, and some will have Chromebooks without touch. Make sure your app works for all students.
Comprehensive testing and quality assurance are key aspects of delivering great apps for teachers and students. Make sure you set up a proper test environment to, ensure that your apps meet the guidelines under realistic conditions.
Once you have designed, built, and tested your apps, you take two steps to publish them:
Once you've built your release-ready APK upload it to the Developer Console, create your store listing, and set distribution options. If you aren't familiar with preparing for launch on Google Play, see the Launch Checklist.
When your apps are ready to publish, you opt-in to Google Play for Education directly from the Developer Console. Opt-in means that you want your apps to be made available to educators through Google Play for Education, including review, classification, and approval by our third-party educator network. Note that opt-in doesn’t affect the availability of your app in Google Play Store.
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. If you are not familiar with these policy documents or the Addendum, make sure to read them before opting-in.
Here's how to opt-in to Google Play for Education for a specific app:
Once you save changes and publish your app, the app will be available on Google Play for Education. We may submit your app to our third-party educator network for additional review and to be featured and badged as Educator-approved.
Note: Google Play for Education is part of Google Play. When you publish an Android app that's opted-in to Google Play for Education, the app becomes available to users in Google Play.
Once you've uploaded your app or extension to the Developer Dashboard, create your store listing and set distribution options.
When your apps are ready to publish, you opt-in to Google Play for Education directly from the Developer Dashboard. Opt-in means that you want your apps to be made available to educators through Google Play for Education, including review, classification, and approval by our third-party educator network.
Opt-in also confirms that your app complies with Chrome Web Store Program Policies and the Terms of Service, including a Google Play for Education Addendum. If you are not familiar with these policy documents or the Addendum, make sure to read them before opting-in.
Here's how to opt-in to Google Play for Education for a specific app or extension:
Note: When you publish an app that's opted-in to Google Play for Education, the app becomes available to users in the Chrome Web Store.