Thursday, May 19, 2016

Amazon Education Building Open Educational Resources Platform

I'm really excited about the work the talented folks at Amazon Education are doing to launch a new open educational resource platform. I've been participating in their private beta since late March and I am really impressed by the scale and functionality of what they are building for teachers.

Imagine an online space where you can search for the resources you need by standard, key word, or grade level and find free materials shared by other educators. Of course with the engineering resources of Amazon behind it the user interface is beautiful and functional.

I've already tried uploading a variety of resource types and found that it was very quick to upload, describe, and publish my content. The site supports a variety of file types and also allows me to add resources directly from my Google Drive. I particularly love that I can link to online resources like a website, tool, or blog post that helps me in my teaching as well.

The private beta group is fairly small, but soon Amazon Education will launch a more public beta. There is a waiting list to join the site and you can sign up here.

I believe that the future of education is going to rely heavily on digital resources shared freely among educators on a global scale. Amazon Education is building a site we desperately need to make that vision a reality.