Looking for resources? Check out Amazon Inspire.

Amazon is officially stepping into the edtech scene with their new product — Amazon Inspire. After poking around on Twitter, I learned more about it. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

Amazon announced the creation of Amazon Inspire in Denver during the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, which I learned about thanks to Dan McCabe‘s Twitter post. After seeing companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple thrive in the edtech scene, Amazon wanted its piece of the pie too. Which is great news for teachers!

Amazon Inspire

Amazon Inspire is a place where teachers can search for resources, such as lesson plans or rubrics. It's in the same vein as websites such as Teachers Pay Teachers, a site where teachers can upload their resources and sell them to other teachers at whatever price they want (including free). Amazon representatives said their site would differentiate themselves from similar sites due to people's familiarity with the way an Amazon website is set up. They claim that teachers will require no training to use this resource, which shows an emphasis being placed on user friendliness. You can read more about Amazon Inspire from the New York Times here.

Do you think this is the next big thing in edtech? Do you think Amazon will pursue more ventures into the edtech environment? Do you plan on using Amazon Inspire?

Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to editor@simplek12.com.