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Justin Talmadge
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Father • Teacher • EdTech Innovator and Trainer • Political Observer • Social Justice Advocator • College Baseball Pitcher Turned Golfer
Father • Teacher • EdTech Innovator and Trainer • Political Observer • Social Justice Advocator • College Baseball Pitcher Turned Golfer

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I have been waiting for this ever since I began supporting the use of mobile devices in the classroom 4 years ago. I have always believed that the only company with the clout and wherewithal to change the broken educational content purchasing model is Amazon.  Well, after a recent meeting with employees in the Kindle Education division, I can say with confidence that the game is changing.

There are two reasons for my excitement.  The first is that Amazon is negotiating contracts with publishers so that schools can apply their traditional print purchase model to electronic content. What this means is districts will be able to redistribute the same licenses to different students year after year.  You know, just like the way schools have traditionally assigned textbooks to students as they advance through the system.

The second reason is WhisperCast.  Not to be confused with WhisperSync (the technology that enables you to pick up where you left off reading on different devices), WhisperCast is a digital platform similar to a mobile device management tool (MDM) that allows institutions to purchase and distribute digital content in bulk.  Originally created by Amazon for internal use by a private company, Amazon is making it available to schools for free. While still in its infancy, they are committed to improving it with enhancements such as Active Directory integration.

At long last, the electronic content revolution can finally begin in earnest in education.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree that Amazon is perhaps the only company with the clout to disrupt the education publishing industry?  Answer the poll and reply with your thoughts below...
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Google
Apple
Other?
28%
Amazon
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Google
11%
Apple
11%
Other?

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Some nice collaboration updates for the start of school!

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By the time the average American kid reaches double digits, they’re not just avid users of the Internet but likely carrying around an Internet-connected device in their pocket wherever they go. Talk to any one of them and you’ll see how excited they are about the opportunities this provides for fun, learning, creativity and more. But as kids are using technology more throughout their daily lives – at home, in the classroom, and everywhere in between – it’s important that they’re prepared to make smart decisions about online behavior. To kick off Internet Safety Month, we’re announcing Be Internet Awesome, a program that teaches kids the fundamentals of digital safety and citizenship so they can explore the online world with confidence.

In addition to a robust classroom curriculum for educators and resources for parents, the program includes Interland, an adventure-packed online game that teaches the key lessons of digital safety and citizenship through hands-on practice in a format kids already love: gaming. You can learn more and download tools at https://goo.gl/FfdauC.

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Folks, we're about to reach a major milestone: 1000 members! We currently sit at 999. Send out this link to a friend and get them to join https://plus.google.com/communities/109424309709347311596. Thanks!

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Watch this episode of the GEG WA Show to meet one of our own!

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We had a VERY enjoyable meetup with +Tyler Rablin+Kristina Wambold+Katherine Livick+Meghan Johnson+Sarah Windisch
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+Aaron Tomyn I have a colleague who wants to learn more about your Interactive Projector implementation in Sumner. How's that going?

If you had a chance to hear representative​s from Google, Microsoft and Amazon have a conversation about education, what topics would you want to discuss with them?

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Going to NCCE in Portland next week? If so, join us for a community get together! Please RSVP here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnBOXufrftuscC-gSZndHCGmMOm3bo2qjhUD6Yw2uvWgBf5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link
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