A free Amazon.com service that makes content-sharing easier on multiple Kindles could bring students one step closer to shedding their heavy backpacks.
Called Whispercast, the service creates a single point to purchase and distribute Kindle e-books to students and office workers with wireless Internet connection. Amazon announced the launch Wednesday.
A teacher or administrator can register students to the classroom’s Kindles, sort them into groups by subject or grade level, then distribute readings accordingly. The system will give teachers access to millions of Kindle books, including bestsellers and free classics for all ages of students that can be distributed throught the network.
Additional management features include the ability to block the device’s factory reset option – and that’s key, if the equipment is going home in someone’s little hands every night.
There’s also a nod to the teachers (OK, that’d be most teachers) who worry about students cruising Facebook during class: the Kindle administrator can block devices in the group from accessing the Internet, including Facebook and Twitter.