18 May Amazon Seeks Next Generation Of Cloud Users
AWS has launched AWS Educate, an online service with self-paced labs, tutorials, and best practices for educators and students.
Amazon wants to educate us on how to use the cloud. And several major educational institutions — including Carnegie Mellon — are on board to help.
Amazon Web Services, the current dominant cloud vendor, launched Code.org, a nonprofit encouraging computer education in public schools. The organization projects that, by 2020, there will be 400,000 students in college computer science courses in the US, and 1.4 million jobs waiting to be filled.
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“We want this to be available to everyone, from community college programs up through the Ivy League. We want as deep and broad a set of students as possible,” said Carlson.
In addition to basic compute and storage, AWS Educate users may access Relational Database Service, DynamoDB, Elastic MapReduce, the Cloudfront content distribution system, Redshift data warehouse, and Glacier long-term storage. Educators at member institutions are entitled to $200 worth of AWS credit, while their students get $100 in credit. Educators at non-member institutions can earn $75 in AWS credit, and students can earn $35 in credit. The credits can be used to redeem eligible AWS services such as those listed above.
AWS Educate will feature self-paced labs for hands-on experience with cloud services. Educators receive access to AWS Essentials courses, which offer an in-depth technical look at various services and ways to use them.
Among the resources that will be available through the site will be Amazon webinars and instructional videos on best practices, along with customer case studies. Carlson said AWS Educate plans to stage virtual events for educators and in-person events on the campuses of member colleges and universities.
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