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Federating access to Amazon AppStream 2.0 from GG4L School Passport

birds eye view of students in library on laptops; Photo by Emre Gencer on Unsplash

Photo by Emre Gencer on Unsplash

Providing equitable learning experiences beyond the classroom is top of mind for schools and districts around the world. With the cloud, educational institutions are increasingly able to address this, gaining the ability to offer students anywhere, anytime access to learning.

Among these advancements, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is now integrated with the Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) School Passport and available in the GG4L Catalyst Catalog. With the Amazon AppStream 2.0 integration, students can access the software applications they need for class through any computer anywhere, anytime via School Passport.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed application streaming service that allows users to centrally manage desktop applications and securely deliver them to any computer. Whether students are using Macs or Chromebooks, or in the classroom, library, coffee shop, or at home, Amazon AppStream 2.0 lets students access the applications they need for class through a browser.

GG4L’s School Passport is an enterprise-grade, single sign-on, and identity management platform available to all GG4L member school districts and universities. School Passport helps educational institutions securely and cost-effectively distribute third-party applications and content to students and staff using an enterprise-grade, standards-based single sign-on, identity management, and identity federation services. Schools choose from hundreds of applications listed in the GG4L Catalyst Catalog. School Passport seamlessly works with any school’s or district’s learning management system (LMS), student information system (SIS), third-party applications, and devices.

School Passport is an add-on to GG4L Connect, an open standards-based school data governance, integration, and interoperability platform specifically designed for educational institutions. GG4L leverages corporate sponsorships and philanthropic funding programs to offer a free membership-based program and associated benefits – including unlimited access to GG4L Connect – to any school globally.

AppStream 2.0 makes it easy for educational institutions to replace traditional computer labs. Schools can manage and deliver general purpose and specialized applications required for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), and career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Install applications on Amazon AppStream 2.0 the same way you would on any Windows computer. Then, configure your application with a few clicks, and your students can start learning. Amazon AppStream 2.0 is fully managed on AWS with simple pay-as-you-go pricing.

Learn more about setting up Amazon AppStream 2.0 in GG4L School Passport. Learn how you can set up Amazon AppStream 2.0 with your learning management system, try some demo applications, check out the Amazon AppStream 2.0 Getting Started Guide, and learn how Fife School District uses Amazon AppStream 2.0 to provide equitable access.