Newseum Partners With Amazon on a New Resource for Teachers

Amazon Inspire

On June 27 at ITSE 2016, Amazon, in partnership with the Newseum, announced Amazon Inspire, a free service for the search, discovery and distribution of digital educational resources. Developed as part of the company’s commitment to making digital classrooms a reality, the service provides educators — regardless of funding or location — access to upload and share free digital teaching resources.

The Newseum has long been a leader in online educational resources with its free NewseumED service, a primary source tool for teachers and students on media literacy and the First Amendment. In the lead-up to the launch of Amazon Inspire, the NewseumED team worked with Amazon to enhance its new service with rich, educational NewseumED content. Leveraging the museum’s collection, NewseumED provides primary sources, interactive tools and lesson plans that make history resonate today and shed new light on current debates.

“Too many teachers struggle with time and budget constraints to get high-quality content for their students,” said Barbara McCormack, vice president of education. “By collaborating with Amazon, we can take an open access approach to scale quickly, ensuring teachers and students get the resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

Amazon is inviting educators to shape the evolution of Amazon Inspire to best serve teachers as part of Amazon’s support of the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative.

“Amazon joins educators from around the country in recognizing the power of digital learning to transform the classroom, by creating a personalized, engaging learning environment for all students,” said Rohit Agarwal, general manager of Amazon K-12 Education. “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 what they do best and enjoy most — teaching.”

Amazon Inspire features include:

  • SmartSearch. With SmartSearch, teachers can explore resources by grade level, standard or even from a particular district. Educators can filter search results using more than 10 criteria to find great resources that best fit their needs
  • Collections. Educators can group resources into collections. They can describe the collection, curate the resources in it, recommend an order for going through the resources and share the collection with other teachers
  • Simple upload. Amazon Inspire offers an easy-to-use and intuitive upload interface. Educators can drag and drop files they want to share, add basic metadata such as title, description, grade and subject, and publish the content on the service, all in a few minutes
  • Customer reviews. Teachers can rate and review resources on Amazon Inspire, helping their colleagues around the country select the best resources for their needs
  • Accessibility support. Amazon Inspire has built-in accessibility features. For example, educators can navigate Amazon Inspire using popular screen readers, and users are also able to indicate the accessibility features of resources they upload

Amazon Inspire is in the beta stage and is ready for teachers to use and provide feedback to help shape the future of K-12 education.

Register now for NewseumED today to get free, complete access to primary sources, interactive tools, lesson plans and much more.

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