Chromebooks have a very good fan following in schools. Google already provides a well curated app store for Android in education. Now, Google is listing Chrome apps along with these Android apps.
Official announcement Notes:
Since November, teachers in schools with Android tablets have been using Google Play for Education to find and share just the right educational content with their students. Today we’re expanding Play for Edu to US K-12 Chromebook schools, adding a variety of free Chrome apps to the books and videos already available (not to mention Android apps for tablets).
Chromebook teachers can use Google Play for Education to:
Share Chrome apps instantly, with the whole class or with individual students — starting with favorites like GeoGebra, TechSmith SnagIt and CK-12. Soon we’re adding brand new apps from partners like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Discovery Education and Scholastic.
Here is how the apps store looks like:
Chrome apps now show up as a separate category within the app store. I assume that this is an experiment to see how users respond to such a model. Chromebooks in Education gives them a closed platform to test this and get feedback. If things go well, we might see at least a link to the Chrome Web Store from the Play Store.