Amazon Education is preparing to launch a new platform that would enable educators to “upload, manage, share, and discover open education resources, according to a report from Education Week.
The pages on the new service appear similar to those found at Amazon’s retail site, Education Week reported. The publication said that school administrators learned about the site, which will be called Amazon Inspire, during last month’s National Conference on Education presented by the American Association of School Administrators.
Citing Andrew Joseph, vice president of strategic relations for Amazon Education as the source, Education Week said Inspire is in beta and is expected to be released sometime within the next three months. Joseph also said the company is looking for more school districts to help with the testing.
“Users of the site will be able to add ratings and reviews, and to receive recommendations based on their previous selections,” Education Week wrote. “Educators will be able to curate open resources, self-publish material they have developed, and put a school’s entire digital library that is open and freely available online.”
Amazon has shown a keen interest in the education sector. The company has offered Kindle eTextbook sales as well as rentals. In 2014, Amazon acquired TenMarks, a tech company that provides math learning materials. The retailer also created a dedicated Education page.
TechCrunch said Amazon Education has “quietly opened” a wait list where educators could sign up and be alerted when the “new, free platform opens.”