Google App Approval Process
Are you and your students tired and frustrated from searching through three full-pagesof Google Chrome apps to find the correct app? Did you ever wish that you had the opportunity to customize your apps so that you only had specific apps that you and your students needed? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then you will be glad to learn that the Google Chrome app process has been streamlined for you and your students.
This year, all students will have a "base" set of appsat their disposal. All the apps that you have used from last year's App Launcher are either currently still there (such as Lucidpress, WeVideo and VoiceThread) or they can now can be found in our new Chrome App Store tab, "ESASD APPS."
In the past, if you wanted a new app added to the district's app launch pad, you had to go through a laborious process of researching the app and then completing a work request. Starting now, you can log into your district Google account and search the Chrome Web Store. You will have the opportunity to read the reviews and ratings; however, since teachers and students are blocked from downloading apps directly from the Chrome Web Store, you will need to download the app to your personal gmail account, in order to test the actual relevance and functionality of the app.
If you decide that the app is educationally relevant for you and your students, all you have to do is email the name of the app to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow district technicians to evaluate the overall integrity and security of the app. Once the app has been approved and verified, it will then be housed in the ESASD APP Store, at which time you and your students will be able to add it to their customized app launcher.For a step-by-step tutorial on what to do to add an app, please click here.