Share free digital teaching resources
Online retailer Amazon has announced the launch of its new education resource site, Amazon Inspire. It will provide educators access to share free digital teaching resources. The company hopes teachers will help shape the evolution of the service to best serve teachers’ needs.
‘Amazon joins educators in recognising the power of digital learning to transform the classroom, by creating a personalised, engaging learning environment for all students,’ said Rohit Agarwal, general manager at Amazon. ‘However, we also know making that promise a reality is a time consuming proposition and teachers tell us they spend upwards of 12 hours a week searching for and curating resources for classroom instruction, placing a high degree of trust in resources shared by their peers. With Amazon Inspire, we aim to quickly and easily put the best and most trusted digital resources at teachers’ fingertips, saving them valuable time that can be devoted to teaching.’
‘It is crucial we put high quality, open educational resources at teachers’ fingertips,’ said Joseph South, director for the Office of Technology at the US Department of Education. ‘Educators and students need to be able to access the tools, content and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected world.’
Amazon Inspire’s aim is to improve instruction and student learning outcomes. While the service currently has a focus on US education, its aim is to provide resources to support learning globally.
Amazon Inspire is currently in beta and is ready for teachers to use and provide feedback.