Getting Started Resources

Get started with the “Hello, World!” 10-minute tutorial for a hands-on introduction to AWS products.

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Case studies

Fife School District is giving students equitable access to learning resources with AWS

St Luke’s Anglican School

St Luke’s traditionally ran its core business applications on a virtualized infrastructure on its on-premises data center. After migrating to AWS, St. Luke's has achieved near 100 percent infrastructure availability, reduced capital costs, and has been able to scale classes without making a huge capital investment.

Read the case study » relies on AWS to scale tenfold to deliver educational content to 100 million students worldwide, save $1.3 million annually, secure student data, and help students build cloud technology skills. runs its website and the Hour of Code events on AWS, taking advantage of services such as Amazon CloudFront for content delivery and AWS Auto Scaling for automated compute capacity adjustment.

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Security, Compliance, & Governance Resources

Security at AWS is our top priority. Nothing is more important to us than protecting your data. As an AWS customer, you will benefit from a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. Check out the “AWS Security and Compliance Quick Reference Guide,” for more information.

Security and Compliance is a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer. This shared model can help relieve customers’ operational burdens. AWS operates, manages, and controls the components from the host operating system and virtualization layer down to the physical security of the facilities in which the service operates. Learn more about the Shared Responsibility Model.

AWS Well-Architected Tool

The AWS Well-Architected Tool helps you review the state of your workloads and compares them to the latest AWS architectural best practices. The tool is based on the AWS Well-Architected Framework, developed to help cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient application infrastructure.

To use this free tool, available in the AWS Management Console, just define your workload and answer a set of questions regarding operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization. The AWS Well-Architected Tool then provides a plan on how to architect for the cloud using established best practices.

Learn more about the AWS Well-Architected Framework by taking our self-paced training that provides pillar-specific design principles and examples of AWS Well-Architected best practices. The training is free, and takes approximately one hour to complete.


Data Security in the Cloud: Myth vs. Reality

If you ask K12 school district leaders what keeps them up at night, there’s a good chance data security would rank high on their list. So how can school districts protect their data? Many districts find the answer to be cloud computing.

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FERPA Compliance on AWS

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) mandates the protection of student education records, including personally identifiable information (PII) and directory information. This whitepaper describes how AWS services can be used to help secure protected data.  

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AWS Security and Compliance Quick Reference Guide, Education Edition

We categorize assurance programs by Certifications/Attestations, Laws, Regulations, and Privacy, and Alignments/Frameworks. This Reference Guide gives an overview of these programs relevant to K12 and primary education.

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Blog posts

The Ability to Say Yes: How One School District Removed Constraints on Delivering Student Services

Read how Huntington Beach High School District uses AWS to innovate faster, deliver better results to teachers, and provide students access to the applications they need.

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Migrating to the Cloud: Tips from Portland Public Schools

Hear how Portland Public Schools completed their PeopleSoft migration to the AWS Cloud in just four months, saving them time and money.

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Fife School Districts Use Amazon AppStream 2.0 to Provide Equitable Access

Learn how Fife School District delivers specialty software programs to students on their Chomebooks and saves nearly $10,944 in lab costs per year using Amazon AppStream 2.0

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Canberra Grammar School Code Cadets Use AWS for Athletics Carnival

The Canberra Grammar School Code Cadets are a group of students with a passion for technology. Hear how they applied a combination of their knowledge and skill using AWS technology to “reboot” the School’s Athletics Carnival. 

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Five Lessons Learned by an Education Service Agency Migrating School Districts to AWS

Southwest MiTech knew they needed to find a scalable, reliable, and secure cloud infrastructure that would collectively save them hundreds of thousands of dollars and their IT teams countless hours of work.

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Capture and Stream Live and On-Demand Video for the Public Sector

AWS Elemental combines deep video expertise with the power and scale of the AWS Cloud to provide flexible video processing and delivery solutions for governments, nonprofits, educational institutions, and other public sector organizations.

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Cloud 101: AWS Overview for Education

Starting your cloud journey? View this webinar recording to answer your most basic questions including what is the cloud, what services does AWS offer, and how does the cloud help in education?

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Education Data in the Cloud: Choosing the Right AWS Database

This webinar will introduce key database concepts and AWS products relevant to education. Learn how institutions use AWS database services for websites, student services, and learning analytics.

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Start Your Cloud Journey: Migration Made Easy

This webinar will help educational institutions understand their options to begin migrating data, servers, and workloads to the AWS Cloud. You will learn how to start a transition to AWS and the tools available to support migrations.

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Building a Strong Foundation with AWS Storage Services

Cloud storage provides education with a reliable, scalable, and secure alternative to on-premises storage systems. This webinar will provide an overview of the services and key education use cases ranging from data center replacement to video storage and file sharing.

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Amazon EC2 Primer for Education

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. View this webinar to learn the basics of Amazon EC2 and how it is being used in education.

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