Amazon Web Services Educate Opens Cloud to Schools

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Amazon has introduced Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate in an effort to promote cloud technology learning in the classroom setting.

The new program was created in order to help teachers and students who are either involved in or interested in the field of cloud technology. Cloud computing has exploded onto the modern business landscape in recent years, allowing for data storage, disaster recovery, information analytics and for outsourcing IT services in order to help corporations keep IT costs to a minimum.  The area has aided in research and development, and has recently been linked to application development.

The program hopes to help teachers bring the area of cloud computing into the classroom while at the same time offering secondary and higher education students the ability to gain experience in the field prior to entering the workforce.

“For years, the AWS educational grants program has put cloud technology in the hands of educators and students, giving them the ability to put big ideas into action. We’ve seen students develop assistive computer vision technology in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, and aspiring entrepreneurs take a web startup from conception to launch within 60 hours,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS. “Based on the feedback and success of our grant recipients and the global need for cloud-skilled workers, we developed AWS Educate to help even more students learn cloud technology firsthand in the classroom. We’re pleased to offer AWS Educate to educators, students and educational institutions around the world.”

AWS Educate is free for institutions, educators and students once they have had their application approved.  Once they join, members are able to receive a number of benefits.

Web-based training and self-paced labs are available to offer hands-on experience. Collaboration forums are also offered in which participants can choose to attend in-person or virtual events to discuss various topics with other AWS educators. A variety of learning materials are also available for educators to make use of in their classroom, such as webinars, instructional videos and customer case studies.

Members can apply for AWS credits for eligible services.  Although students and educators from any institution can join the program, those associated with a member institution eligible for additional AWS credits.

In addition, educators have the ability to access and share professional development materials in order to better help them incorporate cloud technology into their coursework.