Teachers love Google’s education products but are suspicious. Why is a megacorporation giving them a perfect tool for free?, Business Insider – Business Insider Singapore
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.
However, 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….