Amazon is Creating a Platform to Share Educational Materials

When you are a teacher, or anyone involved in training, you often spend more time creating resources and finding ways to reinforce a message rather than just hammering it home time and time again. In order to help with this Amazon are looking at creating a new site designed around being able to share educational materials around the world.

Amazon Education is still in its early stages but you can now sign up as part of their waitlist for the scheme here. The page states that the “future of education is open”, and with all signs pointing to the scheme working similar to Amazon’s retail site, users will be quickly and comfortably able to share resources around the world.

In recent years companies have made a big push on technologies and Amazon are one of the companies that have pushed the most in this regard. With the Kindle being accepted as a standard for eBooks, being able to share classroom text through kindle’s would save schools hundreds on replacing books and with systems like Whispersync already in place to share materials, Amazon seems keen on getting into the business of educational resource sharing.

Do you think that being able to download and access your textbooks, homework and research topics through a popular platform like Amazon would help schools or would it make them reliant on a technology they have no control over?

NY Teacher Arrested After Crashing Drone At The US Open

Have you heard the phrase “idiots with tech”, well here is an idiot with tech who thought flying a drone near the US open Tennis tournament was a great idea, it looked promising until he crashed it into the stands.

26-year old Daniel Verley was not surprisingly arrested before being later charged with reckless endangerment and also for operating a drone in a public place outside of a designated area.   Luckily the drone crashed into empty seats and no one was injured during the incident which took place at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. An interesting fact concerning the naming of the stadium which was “Originally constructed by the Singer Sewing Machine Company for its 1964-65 World’s Fair exhibit, the Singer Bowl was renamed for Louis Armstrong in 1972.  In 1978, the stadium was refurbished and reconfigured when the United States Tennis Association moved the annual U.S. Open to Flushing Meadows from its previous home in nearby Forest Hills”

Incidences as in this case magnify the many problems with Drones, operating an air gadget without sufficient training could and has led to many situations which could place people at risk. There is also the notion that IS on another terrorist organisation could attach explosives with intent to mame and kill people, luckily the tennis stadium was less than half full at the time, otherwise this could have ended rather badly. Eye witnesses described how the drone broke into pieces as it plummeted into the stands, the match was briefly stopped while police investigated.

It is always interesting to note how the world is on full alert for a terrorist attack yet missed a New York teacher who managed to launch a drone at a stadium, I am just going to throw out stereotyping certain people.

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