A change in how Google is perceived among educators would only result from “a product, service, or cost structure change, not because of who is … CEO,” Liebman said.
Raymond Rose, a longtime educational technology developer, said he expects ed-tech directors in K-12 and higher education to “wait and observe” while Google transitions leadership and hints at which innovations the company will focus on in the coming months and years.
Google, Rose said, can retain student and faculty loyalty if the company continues to deliver sleek tech tools, such as an Android-based tablet that could rival Apple’s iPad.
“The tech-savvy faculty don’t care as much about the infrastructure issues [at Google] and are probably more interested in the cool tech uses,” he said.
Continuing to market web applications that operate through cloud computing would be a surefire way to keep school and campus decision makers interested in bringing Google products to educators and their students, ed-tech officials said.
Educational technology directors “should be happy to see innovation that will make their lives easier,” Rose said.
When Google went public in 2004, the three men running the company promised each other they would remain a ruling triumvirate for at least 20 more years.
Although their commitment to work together until 2024 hasn’t changed, Google CEO Schmidt and company co-founders Page and Sergey Brin are being reassigned in an attempt to recapture the free-wheeling spirit of the company’s youth.
The surprise shake-up, announced Jan. 20, will return Page to the CEO job he filled in Google’s early days. The move ends Schmidt’s decade-long reign in a position that also stamped him as the “adult supervisor” of a company that once seemed like a romper room filled with technological wunderkinds.
Schmidt, 55, will stay on as executive chairman. The new role turns him into Page’s consigliere, as well as a liaison for Google’s business partners and government officials.
Brin, also 37, will be freed up to work on pet projects aimed at expanding Google’s empire.