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Tag: K12

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Gamifying math education: How Prodigy uses AWS to scale and process 20 million questions daily

Prodigy Game (Prodigy) has a mission to help every child in the world love learning and make education freely available to students globally. Prodigy’s math game – geared toward learners in the first to eighth grade – allows students to hone their math skills with questions delivered according to their individual needs. As their user base grew, so did the strain on their ability to handle the increasing demands. They turned to AWS.

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FIRST® connects K12 students to cloud services for robotics competitions through AWS Educate

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and FIRST®, a global robotics community, launched an initiative to provide students with cloud-related learning content and resources on subjects from storage to machine learning. The AWS Educate program, featuring computer science and cloud content, is now available to all volunteer mentors and students ages 14 and up participating in FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge.

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AWS and CITE showcase commitment to student data privacy through the California AB 1584 Compliance Addendum

This month, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and California IT in Education (CITE, formerly CETPA) announced the new California AB 1584 Compliance Addendum, a contract addendum available to AWS customers in California that are required to affirm compliance with California Assembly Bill 1584 (AB 1584) in California Education Code Section 49073.1.

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Scratch and AWS Educate build new activity for annual Hour of Code

For the second year, Scratch and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate program built a new activity for Code.org’s Hour of Code, the annual global event to introduce students to computer science. Held annually during Computer Science Education Week on December 9-15, the Hour of Code is designed to demystify “code,” show that anybody can learn the basics, and broaden participation in the field of computer sciences.

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SM Educamos uses Alexa to improve school communication with K12 families across Spain

Today, at the Simo Education trade show in Madrid, Spain, SM Educamos, an educational network learning platform, announced the launch of its new Alexa skill SM Educamos. Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the skill is available free of charge to SM Educamos’s one million current users and in more than 1,200 educational centers.

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Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia digitally transforms with AWS

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) in Virginia has two on-premises data centers. One was built in the 1990s – almost 30 years ago – and the second data center is close to 15 years old. In recent years, LCPS has experienced multiple unit failures, and started to feel the strain of their aging infrastructure.

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AWS Educate collaborates with Virginia on statewide cloud degree offering to help fill workforce demand

Leaders from across the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Governor Ralph Northam, announced a new Cloud Degree collaboration between AWS Educate and select K12 school divisions, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and leading four-year universities on Friday, September 20, 2019.

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Announcing AWS Global Data Egress Discount for K12 and Primary Education

In 2016, Amazon Web Services (AWS) committed to offering data egress discounts to researchers to help decrease barriers to entry for cloud computing. Now, AWS is announcing that the same waiver will apply to K12 and primary education customers in the United States, making it easier for schools and district to use their cloud storage, computing, and database services.

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AWS Educate secondary school content now available in six languages

The Cloud Inventor and Cloud Explorer courses of AWS Educate, built for students aged 14-18*, are now available in five additional languages: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. With the addition of these languages, more students than ever have access to content that will introduce them to cloud-based concepts and technologies.

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Highlights from the 2019 IMAGINE: A Better World, A Global Education Conference

As students prepare to go back to school, over 1,000 students, educators, university presidents, college administrators, superintendents, and business leaders from 43 different countries met in Seattle, Washington, to discuss the opportunities in the world of education, and how AWS can be used to create innovative solutions. The conference revolved around three core themes: building the workforce of tomorrow, innovation and transformation, and the role of machine learning in education. Read on for the major highlights from the event.

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