Amazon Updates Whispercast To Make It Easier For Teachers To Assign Homework

Amazon on Tuesday announced a version update to Whispercast, the company's free and fast growing content delivery platform that allows organizations to discover, procure, manage, and distribute digital bits like electronic books and textbooks to nearly any device. It's an especially appealing platform for schools, where hundreds of thousands of devices are already deployed -- what student doesn't own a smartphone or tablet these days?

The platform is gaining steam. Since launching, Whispercast has been picked up by more than 130 of the 250 largest school districts in the United States. In addition, over 2,400 higher education organizations, including 24 of the 30 largest in the U.S., also use Whipsercast -- think schools like The University of Texas at Austin, Santa Barbara Business College, and Seton Hall University, to name a few.


"Amazon launched Whispercast to help make it stress-free for organizations of any size to easily and quickly deliver digital content, in addition to helping manage fleets of devices—and we’re excited so many schools have chosen to adopt Whispercast over the years," said Rohit Agarwal, General Manager, Amazon Education. "These customers have given great feedback to inform our roadmap, and many of the features are rolling out today with Whispercast 3.0, including tiered administration and group management, an easier-to-use UI, added payment options and premium customer support."

Whispercast makes it easy for teachers to distribute e-books/textbooks, apps, documents, and e-textbooks rentals. All of this content is delivered through the free Kindle reading app, which supports Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, iOS devices, Android devices, Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs.

The Whipsercast 3.0 update adds a few new features, including a step-by-step setup wizard that makes it easier to configure. That's important because Whispercast now supports tiered administration and group management controls.

New payment options are part of the update as well -- in addition to credit and gift cards, content can now be bought with purchase orders and purchase cards.

You can find more information about Whispercast here.