Thursday, October 18, 2012

Amazon Whispercast Helps Teachers Manage Students’ E-Books

It’ll be easier to get students and teachers on the same page with Wednesday’s launch of Whispercast for Kindle. The online tool allows administrators and teachers to distribute e-books and school communications to many students through Kindle devices.

If your child has a personal Kindle or school-provided one, administrators can use Amazon’s free Whispercast tool to wirelessly send books and other learning materials to his or her e-reader.

Not every child has access to an e-reader, but the devices are certainly less costly than tablets. The most affordable Kindle is $69.

There are millions of e-books available through the Kindle; with Whispercast, those books can be accessed immediately by students as soon as teachers or administrators purchase and send them.

School administrators can centrally manage thousands of Kindle devices. Teachers using Whispercast can also distribute their own documents, such as school announcements and syllabi. That means no more flyers or school notices being left at school or buried in backpacks.

Whispercast works on Kindle Fires and Kindle e-reader tablets. The materials can be accessed across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications for iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, as well as PCs and Macs.

Administrators need to register and invite students, who can then access content. Admin also have the option of creating groups, for class grades or clubs, so members can receive the same material.

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