Posted on 19 October 2012.
Amazon Tailoring Kindle to Schools
The Kindle is a powerful and revolutionary device in terms of books and reading. Millions of people have already jumped on board and now it looks like Amazon is doing what they can to spread the Kindle to even more people. The target this time is completely different though, rather than selling the Kindle to average people Amazon wants to make it possible for schools to roll out Kindle based classes and reading.
The new system, called Whispercast for Kindle, is meant to give schools and teachers a simple and easy to use system that allows them to deploy Kindle devices and content to students with ease. Probably the most important part of the Whispercast system is the price, it is absolutely free for schools to use which will surely help it catch on.
Whispercast for Kindle is the first true scalable distribution system created for the Kindle, and if it catches on it could definitely change the way education works. Schools will be able to create class groups in the Whispercast system, and then the teachers of those classes will be able to distribute books, notes, and any other documents they wish, through an automated sharing system. The system is online now and Amazon hopes schools will start using it soon, it might be the future of education and it looks like it should be effective.
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Posted on 05 July 2012.
Bryan Martin gives daughter Brenna a graduation gift 13 years in the making. Photo courtesy of Bryan Martin
Bryan Martin is one very devoted dad, taking 13 years to compile a graduation gift that made his daughter Brenna feel like one in a million.
Diligently Bryan Martin sought out each of Brenna’ teachers, coaches and principals every year for 13 years, from kindergarten until her senior year in high school. He asked them to write an encouraging message to his daughter on the pages of the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
When Brenna’s graduation from North Johnston High School finally arrived on June 8, Brenna Martin received her special gift. At first glance she was confused by her dad’s odd choice of a gift. He had to encourage her to open it and take a closer look. As she read the messages, the book had the intended impact. Brenna’s eyes were soon tearing up as she read the messages and comments from every teacher or coach she had known she was 5 years old.
When her dad told her he a gift for her graduation, she expected a corny card. Instead what she got was a labor of love that will be a lasting gift of sentimental value for years to come. Brenna was so moved by her father’s efforts and the kind and encouraging words scrawled across the pages that she tweeted about it on Twitter and shared some of the messages on her Reddit and Imgur.com pages.
As a result, her Imgur.com account has had over 10.8 views and it became one of the top stories on Reddit. Brenna is declining offers to be interviewed about her father’s special gift. She prefers to treasure it privately.
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