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Why K-12 Schools Should Be Excited for a Low-cost Amazon Fire

Amazon made an incredible move when announcing that their Fire tablet will now be sold at just $50. This could be great news for schools who are facing a tight budget but still want to give their students a great learning experience through technology.

“... we’re taking another step in our mission to deliver premium products at non-premium prices,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.

“The all-new Fire features a quad-core processor, is incredibly durable, and is backed by the Amazon content ecosystem, the new AmazonUnderground, and Amazon customer service with Mayday Screen Sharing. Fire sets a new bar for what customers should expect from a low cost tablet.”

The Hardware

The dollar Fire has a great 7-inch display, with a decent 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor that is more than enough for in-class use. According to a press release, the Fire’s processor is 2x that of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite and is also almost 2x more durable than an iPad Air. If there is need for added memory, the Fire can hold up to 128GB thanks to its microSD port and has up to 7 hours of battery life for web browsing, reading and streaming.

Pairing with Resources

With the large possible storage capacity online digital downloads can be easily transferred to each device making textbooks disappear, if they haven’t already done so in some classrooms. They are easy to navigate and with the amount of free resources in Amazon’s marketplace schools can fill the devices with educational games and apps that connect the teacher with their student, such as Edmodo.

Value

What’s even more intriguing is the fact that Amazon is offering a six-pack deal on the Fire. Five of the devices are paid for at $250 while the sixth is absolutely free. This will make it much easier for schools to get a pretty big bang for their buck. It’s essentially a serious value for schools looking to implement technology in their classrooms.

This is quite the game changer and it could mean a serious shift in who leads the way with technology in the classroom.

For a full rundown of the announcement read the full release.

Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

9/23/15

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