Amazon launched an education digital content store with the name of Amazon Inspire. It features a search engine for educators to use in their courses. According to early reviewers, there are paid and free pieces of digital content. Licensing issues will also limit geographical access of materials in specific cases.
Some outlets including have already covered Amazon Inspire. This includes two New York Times articles. The first one is a general review of the platform and partners, which include the U.S. Department of Education. The second article hours later addressed some copyright infringement issues in the beta version, raised most vocally by Teacher Synergy, authors of the Teachers Pay Teachers platform. Teacher Synergy has not been the only one raising concerns, as the Inspire reviews on Facebook show.
This is not the only initiative Amazon has developed for the education market. Solution bundle for teachers, students and administrators Amazon Education launched earlier this month. Also, we recently featured some LMS Test Drives on the Amazon Cloud.
While patiently waiting for my access code, I found an early taste in the form of a video walk-through. You can see it’s Amazon’s classic search page with some customized learning filters. Credit goes to K-12 EdTech Coach Cate Tolnai.
Amazon Inspire is in a closed beta. You must belong to an academic institution or learning company to join the wait list. Large institutions have a dedicated contact form. It is reasonable to think Amazon will consider prioritizing deployment for these cases.
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